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☝️If you could change one thing about the caregiving industry, what would it be? ☝️

Diane Hoelter
July 30, 2018

Last week we asked you "What's the best advice you've gotten on being a caregiver? " and you shared some great suggestions!  This week our question is:

If you could change one thing about the caregiving industry, what would it be? 

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There is a general lack of appreciation for what us caregivers do. It's a lot more than just being there, driving, diapers and feedings. We are some of the first teachers these children will know outside of their parents. We inspire, nurture, love and care for these children as we love our own families.

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Kelsey in Frisco, TX
July 30, 2018

For people to truly understand the value of the level of care you child receives!

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Hi. I would like to change the perception that a childcare provider is also someone who: do housekeeping (cleaning, organizing the house), laundry for the family, run errands, take care of the pets, cooks for the family, etc., and all that while also taking care of the kids (with all that it entails). I mean, if there are people that would want to do that, it should be consider as 2 different jobs performed by 1 person, and they should get pay accordingly. Not 1 person do it all and gets pay a childcare provider salary only. It's my personal opinion that it's not fair and ok to do that. So I would like that people see childcare providers as we are, people committed to the integral well-being of the child, including performing task that are related to their daily routines.

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Crystal in Detroit, MI
Sept. 22, 2018

Communication, often times parents and caregivers are in a awkward position. You don't know if it is an appropriate time to intervene and ask how their day is going, subtle things you notice that could or are potentially affecting the child etc. For example, if money is an issue perhaps a parent is waiting on a check to purchase snacks or they have ran out of laundry detergent and don't have clean laundry for the following day. Considering the relationship that you are trying to establish between parent and child there are times you can be of help to help limit the stress. At least that's what I've learned from some of my course classes.

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I would change how nannies or daycare teachers are seen. As a daycare teacher, nanny, I am not a babysitter. I help children learn. I wish the caregiver industry was viewed as more professional.

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User in Allendale, MI
Sept. 22, 2018

If I could change one thing about the caregiving industry, it would be a change on its outlook toward others. Sometimes caregiving is not seen as a real job to people working in offices, restaurants, etc. Caregiving, next to parenting, may be the hardest job! It is so important to have a balance between nurturing and loving, as well as setting rules and boundaries and teaching kids to understand how to be respectful, kind, loving, honest, etc. The caregiving industry should be looked at as more serious from an outside perspective.

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Giona in Brooklyn, NY
Aug. 30, 2018

I would want the industry to be less sexist towards men. Men can be great childcare workers, babysitters and nanny's. I want men to get the same opportunity's as women and not be put down just because they have a different body or because there label says Man or Male. I want Men and Women to be tested and looked at as equals. And for the employer to just simply not hire men because they have a different body part or any kind of silly reasons that assume and stereotype someone before even getting to know them! Not all men are the same just like how there are women who are in the workplace. There are men who like being home and working with children. And there is nothing wrong with that! So if the industry could stop being so sexist. And instead be equal and inclusive toward men who truly want to be good childcare workers. And don't judge them based on their body's or labels but judge and test them on there passion,love,skill,experience and intelligence just like you do for women. Equal treatment and Equal opportunity. Don't judge a book by it's cover!

I am not a mother as of yet, but I am a child care provider. I do believe that men should also be able to serve as babysitters or mannies. I would hire a male myself, once I do become a mother if I felt that HE was the best "fit" for my family and its needs.

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Robin in New York, NY
Aug. 15, 2018

The one thing I would change is the perception a parent thinks they want a bargain price for a Mary Poppins. A sitter/nanny can only do as much as a mother can do.

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Janice in Omaha, NE
Aug. 30, 2018

Hmmm ... one thing I would like to change about the care-giving industry would be to understand the difference between a Nanny and a babysitter.

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I would change the way how caregivers attend to the children of the future, by doing a training program before giving the job, to show them the way how they should take care of someone's child whether the parents are in their presence are not. Been a caregiver comes with a lot of responsibilities,so I would ensure that each caregiver is properly trained before given a job so we can have a better caregiving industry

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User in Easton, PA
Aug. 15, 2018

I wish more families would be open about any issues/differences in care that they notice with me in comparison to themselves. I am there to care for your children and how you are raising them may not be the same as the next family and that's okay there are MANY different parenting styles and not one could be said to be 'the right way'. So tell me what I can change, open communication is vital.

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User in Massillon, OH
Aug. 15, 2018

Respect and professionalism would be what I would change in caregiving. It is well established that the first 3 years of life are key to later learning for children. An Early Childhood Professional does not look at Nanny as an option for a career, nor is it respected well by our society. The person who is going to spend the majority of the time with young children should be well trained. Doesn't that make sense? Our babies deserve the best. But care for them is often lacking.

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Melissa in Oswego, NY
Aug. 15, 2018

One thing I wish I could change about the caregiver industry would be implicating some way to be able to know who you can and cannot trust. Oftentimes, I meet families who have shared horrific experiences with me about prior caregivers and I just empathize with them because I completely understand putting your trust into someone to care for your closest family members; children, pets, etc. and then having that trust destroyed by a dishonest person. I can only hope that more caregiver website such as Care.com do the best they can to background check the profiles they wish to display on their website as well as filter out scam messages.

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User in Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 15, 2018

While I love my job, many families will suddenly decide one day that they don't need a caregiver. They don't understand that we are not teenage babysitters, this is our job, our primary source of income. I also form a personal connection to the children I care for, as do other caregivers, so to be discarded hurts. Having said this, we also understand when things in your life change. We understand is you no longer need our care, however, with any other job please provide 2-3 weeks notice.

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Request higher standards for employment.

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Leah in Pacific, WA
Aug. 15, 2018

On retention of good care-givers. To work out an increment of pay plan for them to get trust with the industry.

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The one thing about the caregiving industry that I would change is the stereotype that caregivers must be women. I have two younger siblings and adore caring for children.

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User in Arlington, TX
Aug. 15, 2018

If I Could Change one thing about the caregiving industry, I would want to change the stigma of anyone can do it. A lot of people ask me what I do when I first meet them and when I tell them I am a nanny 50% of the people tell me how wonderful it is and that not everyone can do it because you need to be patient, disciplined, and have a huge heart. These type of people 100% percent understand. The other 50% say oh so your a babby sitter well thats not hard. I don't know why I don't try doing that for extra income, etc. Everyone is not equipped to being a Nanny or sitter. This type of Mentality is why bad things happen because people sign up to watch kids or work for daycares or even run day cares and their hearts aren't in it. They are doing it for the wrong reasons and this is something I wholeheartedly wish I could change.

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What I would like parents to know is that people who are childcare providers do not just sit in front of the tv all day long nor do we play on our phones all day long either. We are there to assist parents with helping to plan child's menu, do arts and crafts with them and depending on their age help them to become prepared for their school experience.

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I wish outsiders understood how much goes into planning a sitter and making their experience with the children the best it can be. Sitters and Nannies are often overlooked, but it takes work to fit into a family's schedule and understand their dynamic in such a short period of time.

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User in Bronx, NY
Aug. 15, 2018

I think the one thing that could change the domestic industry is that we need to form a union and that would be great , employment was be easier and secure. The powerful employer would not play games. Taking care of children is not easy it about caring, loving, loyal, passionate about children well being, patience and giving genuine love.

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Jane in Knoxville, TN
Aug. 15, 2018

I wish there was more trust of caregivers (once a relationship was established) but I totally understand a parent's fear for the safety of their children. It's just that a few caregivers ruin it for the large mass of caregivers who love the children and truly want what's best for them.

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I would definitely increase pay rates to caregivers, especially those with life experiences. Our children are our future, so to ensure they are in the best care as parents should be our number one goal. To love and care on the other people's children as if they were our own is defintely a reason for better pay in this industry.

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We have no “superheroes” (so to speak). The last time we had anyone close to a superhero was Mary Poppins, and Super Nanny Jo Frost. We don’t have anyone like that now (not that I know of). My sister asked me, “Why don’t more kids aspire to be teachers/caregivers?” Well, when you look at who’s being glorified today, it’s not us! It’s not even moms. It’s not even family! It’s entertainers, athletes...even chefs and personal trainers. We are definitely undervalued as a profession. It would be nice to see more big names/corporations backing/supporting us, only because that is what seems to get people’s attention. It’s a shame, but a lot of (adult) people need to be TOLD what’s important and what to value, and one way to do that is to get celebrities or big brands to tell them to do so.

We ARE our own superheros! We may not have a show about nannies or that sort on TV but, we live out lives openly each day. People do see US! Be the best "you" that you can be, and live knowing how priceless and awesome that is!!! Power to the nannies :)

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hiring process would be less ocmplicated

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User in Valrico, FL
July 31, 2018

People expecting so much work especially extra children for little pay.

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I would say that the care-giving industry should keep mindful of the nanny who put in that extra hand in for the family and sometimes pay isn't going to help us pay for our bills

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I don,t think i would change anything. If anything how could we all make it better for people looking for caregiving and people looking for cargiving jobs.

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Shena in Wichita, KS
July 31, 2018

To weed out those who don't prioritize the kids' lives; rather making it about the "job" so parents don't have to feel so concerned whether they got a good sitter/nanny or not.

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If I could change one thing bout the caregiving industry it would be making kids more independent and not so reliant upon parents.

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Lindsey in Petal, MS
July 30, 2018

If I could change one thing in the caregiving industry it would have to be the amount of time given to hands on playing and learning a child gets. Turn that tv off and play with toys, go outside etc.

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Ashley in Seattle, WA
July 30, 2018

That parents would be more open to younger care givers as we can be just as mature and professional as older ones.

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Ania in Maywood, IL
July 30, 2018

That nannies aren't looked at solely as people that take care of the kids and the house but apart of the family.

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I would change the stigma that being a caregiver is not a "real job".

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Jane in Tarrytown, NY
July 30, 2018

Try to find out the child's interests (including food likes and dislikes) before you go to the job. That way you could do be prepared (I might even try to learn a game0 before you get to the job. It makes the child more comfortable

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User in Portland, OR
July 30, 2018

I'm not sure, I've loved every family I've babysat for!

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Gina in Hillside, NJ
July 29, 2018

You would be able to teach the children a good behavior, and sometimes you have to learn to be firm not to spoiled the children.

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I have no problems with the caregiving industry!

Not even the fact that most nannies don't have contracts, that there are harassment and violation of payment going on in hundreds of households? Not to mention the fact that nannies aren't viewed as regular workers, therefore, have no time off and no benefits?

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Rose in Houston, TX
July 29, 2018

I would make curriculum free for all personal nannies and babysitters.

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Morgan in Normal, IL
July 29, 2018

I feel more comfortable seeing a family with a picture, that I am applying to. You never know who you meet on here, and possibly being able to connect your care profile to a facebook page, or some sort of social media, might be helpful also. You get the chance to see if this is a real person, or even someone you would trust with your kids, before even speaking with them.

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It`d have more friendly atmosphere.

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Adriana in Miami, FL
July 29, 2018

Etiquetar a las personas

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If I could choose to improve something, it would be to increase the response rate of families offering work.. I send LOTS of applications, and probably about one in ten even read them. Of those that read them, one in four book an appointment. It would also help a lot if you close off your ad once you have hired someone - it wastes my time if you don't.

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Nanny salary

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Jess in Berwyn, PA
July 28, 2018

It is so easy to find jobs!

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User in Chico, CA
July 28, 2018

I would help more nannies get CPR certified AED and first aid for free and teach about emergency situations and how to handle. I would like to have nannies feel 100% about that specifically.

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What I would change about the caregiving industry is the use of technology. What I mean by that is instead of watching T.V. with the kids, playing on the PS4 or allowing them to be glued to their phone, engage them in outdoor or hands-on activities such as sports, arts & crafts, a board game or even teaching them how to cook something simple like eggs or mac n' cheese. I feel like if we, the caregivers, can show the kids how to have fun without a device they will have the opportunity to learn more things about themselves and what interests them as well as better behavior habits when it comes to sportsmanship & the treatment of others. I also think it would be a positive in helping children gain social skills & overall confidence in themselves.

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The prices I'm young so I remember being little and my mom not having enough money to pay I think care givers should be ok with changing the price. You are caring for there kids and animals and some times there living to go to work late!!

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Irene in Wooster, OH
July 28, 2018

Yes - if I could change anything about the caregiving industry - it would be that the industry would mandate the families seeking caregiving assistance to specify what pet - cat or dog - and especially breed of dog they are speaking of when placing an ad. Thanks

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i think im a really hard worker and can be dependable.

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Respect and value of time and pay. So often parents feel a charge of $15/hr is a lot when I have over 10 years of experience in a variety of settings and a Bachelor's degree in Childhood/ Special Education and Early Childhood. Additionally the respect of being home when asked/told and actually showing up then.

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Sarah H.
July 28, 2018

I would implement more ways to make child care more accessible and affordable for working parents.

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Sonja in Leoma, TN
July 27, 2018

I would work on a bill to include caregiver cost under insurance. I've seen. so many families for go care because they couldn't afford care. So many hardships for lower income families who need to work , yet need care for their parents. I have lowered or for go my fees to help some families out. But not always able to do this. I'm raising my own grandchildren. I would try to make information available where they can receive help , from different counties. This information is not always easily found.

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Pay attention to details and make sure you meet the clients' needs.

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Gloria in Anaheim, CA
July 27, 2018

i would change it to free grooming for any pet . Free animal check ups

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If I could change one think about the caregiving industry it would be focusing more on the child or adult being cared for rather than the financial benefits that come with caregiving. Some only care about the financial benefits rather than the person or people they are caring for with reflects their work with the child and/or adult.

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Meet each child and family where they are. Listening and tuning in to the needs of each child is so important. Be an example of balance and resourcefulness. Teach children that life is full of choices. Help them grow into well adjusted beings.

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User in Las Vegas, NV
Sept. 4, 2018

I wish that care-providers to be more specific about their job offers. Ex. Las Vegas family needs part-time tutor for math This is too vague and unclear of what they are asking (in terms of grade and course). I hope that all care-providers must provide the grade level and the name of the course when they post the job.

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Nothing really i would make it to where people should apply then and there not years or days or minutes from now

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Eda in Horsham, PA
Aug. 25, 2018

I never change my mind about the care . Is it pleasure that someone belives me to educate the child and to be right.Is it the most beautiful work that can be the educate the younger generation.

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Susan in Byron, GA
Aug. 20, 2018

I would like to see more opportunity for part-time workers. For example, families with full-time needs could consider dividing their week between two part-time workers.

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Giving people that don't have there license a chance as well as the one's who are certified. Because even though they're not certified they still have great experience

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No fee plans for joining.

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Laura in Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 13, 2018

More compassion and care for the elderly

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I would require the person placing the ad to close it once they have found someone to care for their child/children. It is a huge pain to apply to a job that's no longer there, MANY times/day.

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Miranda in Guy, TX
Aug. 8, 2018

Be kind but stern. They will learn not to take advantage.

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Letting families know that teens that are ages 14-17 can also do the job even with out their own transportation.

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If I could change just one thing about the caregiving industry it would be to have all potential families seek to hire a nanny as an extended part of their families. I have went on interviews where I have experienced the feeling that the family was simply seeking help to hire. I truly love what I do. This is my career choice. I do not want to be hired help. I want to grow to become a part of each and every family I work for. I am glad to personally be able to say that, so far, I have been Blessed in life to be able to do so. I do happen to be seeking a full-time employment opportunity at the moment... I am just throwing that out there LOL

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If I could change one thing about the industry it would definitely be the ambiguity! I feel as though the care of a child should be an open-door policy and communication between parents and the caregiver should be of the utmost importance in order to ensure the highest quality care for a child.

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be patient and actually listen to the child

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I know its really hard to find someone you trust with your children. I don't have any personal references from any babysitting I've done because it was all when I was younger and I had my first kid at 20, so I've been doing other jobs since then. I would be a very dependable, knowledgable, trustworthy person to take care of someones children, but no one seems to want to give me a shot. If you met me and didn't like me, that I could understand, but I haven't heard back from one job yet and I feel it is because there is no caregiving on my resume. I wish someone would give me at least the chance to meet in person and see that I would be great with their kids.

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i would make sure every child had the right caregiver.

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That volunteer work would be just as valuable as paid work when it comes to referencing. I mean if I want to teach for free and do a good job. Probably means that person is actually really serious about it :)

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Jaime in Rogers, MN
Aug. 2, 2018

If I could change one thing about the caregiving industry, it would be to have a free premium account as a college student. I myself am a college student with 3 jobs and I still can't afford to spend that kind of money.

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People who have 3+ kids and want to get a sitter for $15.00...3 kids at least $20-25.oo if it's a few hours.

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That the world has changed so much, that even with someone you know and trust, you still feel as though a nanny cam is needed.

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the thing i would like to change about the caregiving world is pay, i get denied sometimes for jobs because they claim 10 dollars a hour is too much, but when you think about it im using my own gas to get to & from the house, not to mention how hard it can be to care for 3 or 4 kids & get less than some people get working at a icecream parlor.

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I really wouldn't want to it seem safe to me and a great way of getting jobs for young adult like me.

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a safer system

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kids don't need of drugstore,kids need of care love time with family.

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nothing, it is lovely already

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