Shannon Roberts

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Thank you for your Messy House

I recently visited a friend’s house with five children.  As I arrived for a morning coffee she was frantically vacuuming.  She had left for the school drop off in a rush, and clothes were still strewn through the hallways and toothbrushes...

Should Mothers Be Paid to Stay Home?

An editorial from The New Zealand Herald this month states that a proposal to pay New Zealand stay-at-home mothers has merit, commenting: “many parents who return to paid careers when their child is still very young cite financial necessity. It...

These Eight US States have Shrunk in 2016

New York, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, Connecticut, Vermont, Illinois, and West Virginia all experienced shrinking populations in 2015-2016 according to figures recently released by the United States Census Bureau. This was in part due...

Is too much 'stuff' affecting our ability to be content?

It is common to hear people talk about the huge expense of raising children. Yet, most figures reported about how much it costs to raise a child are based on what parents actually spend, not what children actually need – which is a pretty big...

How Play is Changing Across Generations

Children's toys and play in general have changed dramatically over the last few generations. Being born in the mid 80's I just missed the digital explosion so had a largely 'device free' childhood. However, my brother who is just 7 years younger...