Melbourne: It is the simple things in life that keep families happy, according to a new study.
The research uses data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children, a project that started in 2004 and follows the development of 10,000 children.
Jennifer Baxter, from The Australian Institute of Family Studies, said the study showed that family bonds developed through everyday activities such as having the children help cook meals.
"We know that’s where families bond. They’re developing their relationships with each other, they’re teaching social skills to the children, there’s all sorts of good things happening within those simple activities,” the Courier mail quoted Baxter as saying.