n. the behavior exhibited by parents as well as alloparents (caretakers) in relation to the needs of their wards or children. Specifically, it is the manner by which these primary carers attend to their needs, respond when they approach, and protect them from harm or aggression. See parental behavior- alloparenting. Also care of young.
CARETAKING BEHAVIOR: "In a way, the caretaking behavior of a parent reflects how well (or how badly) a child or ward is being cared for."