It may come as a surprise to know that the nuclear family household of two parents and their biological children is a relatively rare phenomenon in the history of humankind. The term itself only started being used in the early 20th century.
Throughout history and in cultures across the world, having more than two generations living together has been the norm.
In Australia, more than four million Australian adults live in households with their parents, their adult children or extended family. That’s one fifth of all households and the trend is likely to rise.