Caretaking functions refer to activities involving direct contact with a child, particularly those that relate to supervising and caring for a child.
Caretaking functions include, but are not limited to the following activities:
feeding and maintaining the child's health
overseeing the development of critical skills, including language and motor skills
disciplining the child
ensuring the child receives an education; or
scheduling and bringing the child to medical appointments
A child's custodial parent is primarily legally responsible for these caretaking functions. Alternatively, two parents with joint-custody of a child would be equally responsible for caretaking functions.