While adulthood usually means children leaving the nest, adults are instead choosing to live at home for longer.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics states that more than half of Australian adults aged 18 to 24 are still living at home with their parents.
High rent is a major cause for the extended stay as prices continue to rise in Australia. Other factors include people getting married at a later age, further educational studies and beginning families later in life.
While the situation can be ideal, it can also cause problems for both parents and children. For parents, it can often be difficult to keep up with expenses around the home.
As for adults, it can damage their ability in becoming independent by making it difficult to adjust with solo living once they do move out.
A solution is for grown children to contribute to living expenses and in turn teach them how to cope when living alone. Simply teaching them household skills can do wonders, such as doing their own laundry, cooking for themselves and other vital life skills.