Is caring for children and family "caregiving" too? I am seeing the idea of caring for kids and family as "caregiving" quite a lot. Since when did rearing healthy children now become "caregiving"? As a caregiver to 3 elderly people with real special needs (Alzheimer's, diabetes, etc) I am kind of taken back by the idea that normal child rearing is now caregiving too. It kind of delutes the whole caregiving cause as normal family life? Those using "caregiver" are referring to guardians, maybe aunts and grandmas. Typically, caregiving is about someone who is sick ... and is a difficult thing for those that do step up to help. I hope we can find another term for those that care for healthy kids that will grow up, and move on to be adults and no long need the care. Such as "guardian" There is a difference. Those that are caregivers only have the death of those they care for to look into the future to. I realize this is this is nit picky nomenclature... but as what I think of as a "caregiver" it would be bad to lose that distinction into caring for healthy children and family too.