50 moms around the world show us what coronavirus quarantine looks like for their family

No matter who we are or where we are in the world, right now, we're all in this together. ❤️

50 moms around the world show us what coronavirus quarantine looks like for their family
Sandy Holterman in Barcelona, Spain

We asked and you delivered. Thank you to the hundreds of mamas who shared their coronavirus quarantine stories with us. We both teared up and smiled while looking through all of the beautiful photos of your children and the sentiment behind the fact that no matter who we are or where we are in the world, right now, we're all in this together.

Whether going on walks as much as possible or attempting to keep busy at home with crafty and creative ideas for children of varying ages, you showed us what your social distancing situation looks like right now—and guess what? It's very similar to ours.

From New York to California and from Finland to Hong Kong, here is a peek into life right now for 50 different mamas around the world.

1. ​Laura Bertolini in Rome, Italy

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My two boys, locked in our house since March 5th. Today is Father's Day and they're proudly showing their presents for Daddy ❤ We're trying our best to stay positive and healthy, smiling a lot and spend quality time with the kids, but the situation is indeed scary. My husband and I are smart-working because we are both software engineers, and it is definitely a privilege! We also have another daughter aged 1, the day-to-day is not easy at all. Stay safe Mamas and Daddy's, sending virtual hugs to you all ❤ you've got this!

2. Jessica Farley in Minnesota

toddler on a couch

Watertown, MN. Have been isolating since the weekend. I've been temporarily laid off from the restaurant that I work at too. People in our neighborhood put up shamrocks in street facing windows and doors so that families could play a scavenger hunt by driving around or when out on walks. All trying to work together to keep kids occupied while not being together! We plan to continue this with other shapes, etc. Someone had a great idea with this! Art projects to make the shamrock and then the scavenger hunt!

3. Jovelyn Panis-Evensen in Norway

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Norway here. One week ago since kindergarten closed and the country has been on lock down. Dad works in the health sector mainly night-shifts. Very active big brother is almost 3 years old and loves to be outside. He misses his stones, sand and water and our 5 months old loves to sleep outside. Thankful to have free access to amazing nature here so we can just go in the middle of nowhere by ourselves and enjoy grilling hotdogs and some warm coffees. Where social distancing doesn't exist. ❤️✌️

4. ​Christine Wong in Singapore

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Day 12 self-quarantined in Singapore! 🇸🇬 We're learning about animals today. Here're the little ones organizing their own animal adoption drive.

5. Sini Siimes in Finland

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Finland, with a five months old baby, we've been social distancing for four days today. Days are full of trying to keep her happy. Usually we are doing lot of things with other people outside our home. I think she is doing well. For me it takes more. I get power and resources from seeing other people and it's the best way to spend time. I'm waiting for all the fun days with friends when this situation is over. ❤️

6. Maryke Stern in South Africa

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Hi from a farm near a small town in countryside South Africa! Our schools and boarding schools closed, we have been asked to stay at home but life pretty much... for now... goes on as 'normal' apart from government declaring it as National disaster, asked for social distancing. So not quite quarantined but no big groups allowed to gather and a few other strict regulations. We also mostly stay home and just do the necessary things ie shop for food. We keep ourselves busy doing quality time together...cooking (here we are baking cookies!), reading, walking outside on farm, playing, I work mostly from home, and the schools has send work home. So interesting to read everyone's stories! Keep shining and keep your homes a restful place!!

7. Kristen Bellows in Toronto, Ontario

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I'm a mom of a 3-year-old and currently 10-weeks pregnant with our second. What I thought would be a happy time has been extremely stressful. While the observations around COVID-19 and pregnancy are hopeful there are still so many unknowns and I don't know what to think. I work in community mental health as a teacher and since we have a health clinic and pharmacy we can't close. I am on rotation to screen clients as they come into the building so no self-isolation for me. My partner stays at home with our son.

8. Paige Mitchell in England

Military family stationed in England. Just arrived here so we haven't moved into our home and are currently living in "temporary lodging". Had plans to go home to the states in May to visit family but as of now, that will not be happening since there is a travel ban preventing us from leaving the local area.

9. Nicki Castillo in South Texas

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We are technically on Spring Break, but our district has canceled school until further notice. We canceled our family vacation to Scottsdale Arizona. Just enjoying the time with my husband and 17 month old. We are both high school band directors so having so much time off feels really crazy!!

10. ​Klara Merv in Germany

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35 weeks pregnant and mostly chilling on the couch. Been at home for three weeks now and don't miss a thing. 😄 #introvertswinthistime

11. ​Ewa Wozniak Dor in Israel 

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Greetings from Israel—we are in isolation 5th day.

12. ​Dennise Muñoz in Westchester, New York

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Distance learning started 3 days ago. Social distancing started this weekend. Husband and I are both in the healthcare field. I was blessed enough that I could cancel patients and stay home with the kids, but my husband still has to see emergencies. Praying for all our essential workers out there. 💕

13. ​Makiko Tiffany Yamamura in Santa Clara County, California

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Santa Clara county has one if the highest number of corona patients. We are practicing social distancing, staying inside most of the day except for getting fresh air in the morning when no one is around.

14. ​Małgosia Janczyszyn in Poland

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Kisses from Poland😘Mom of three girls: 14,12 and one year old. One week at home isolation and trying to stay positive. Every day we leave our house only for short walks.

15. ​Giada Pirolo in Northern Italy

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North Italy and we are closed at home since 15 days....and maybe we stay for a long time in isolation...#andra'tuttobene...🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻

16. ​Stephanie Grace Cabacungan in Toronto, Ontario

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Nurse on maternity leave, but still nursing. Social distancing for a week now. We still go for walks at the trail by the lake once a day but no more playground.

17. Sandy Holterman in Barcelona, Spain

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In quarantine since Friday. We live in a small apartment with 2 toddlers and 2 dogs and a tiny balcony. Luckily we're still aloud to walk our dogs, so we get out for a few minutes.

18. ​Krisanta Tabia Angeles in California

I work in the laboratory as a scientist. (We are the one who do the testing for COVID-19) I still go to work, because the hospitals/laboratory don't close. How I wish I can stay at home with my 16-month baby girl! Praying for all the mommas around the world. (Can't even kiss my baby and need to wear mask at home.)

19. Laura C. Llanso in Maryland

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Started feeling sick Wednesday. Husband is high risk so this was our social time last night. He is taking care of our 2-year-old while I rest and try to find a place to get tested...

20. ​Michelle Dumit in Colombia

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We are in Colombia 🇨🇴. 5 days with social distancing and we begin tomorrow total isolation in the city. It's been fun but we miss going to the park.

21. Caitlin Heckenliable in West Valley City, Utah

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We we're already social distancing due to my 4-year-old having a tonsillectomy a little over a week ago. He's doing much better but now we're trying to practice social distancing while non-stop communicating with family and friends due to the 5.7 earthquake that rocked right near our home yesterday. And now we're dealing with the aftershocks.

22. ​Kim Uren Perth in Western Australia

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We are at the end of day 2 of self-isolation. We have just been notified today that as of Friday Australia's borders will be closed to all internationals. Pictured with 2 of our 4 kids, 3 of which are all school age plus a toddler. We will be making an effort to carve out 'school work hours' every day with the kids and fill the rest of the time with board games, movies, cooking, baking and other activities. So far we've definitely spent a lot of time eating, so thinking we need to come up with a way to burn some energy too. Maybe a daily dance off is in order, 😂😁 Very uncertain times here in Australia, but here in our little bubble we'll just look out for each other as best we can.

23. ​Patti Goyette in Cape May, NJ

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We have been home since Monday. So far we are keeping active with long walks and at home activities. We live in a town that survives on tourism. We are trying to stay positive that this will end soon and praying for everyone!! 🙏

24. ​Eileen Yanoti Snyder in Long Island, NY

We've been social distancing for 4 days. Daddy still needs to report to work so we have been keeping busy baking, trying to homeschool, coloring, and playing. We had an indoor beach day on day 2.

25. ​Kim Perrigo Powers in Vermont

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First week of isolation. Husband and I working from home with 7-month-old, 13-year-old and 15-year-old. Schools and daycares closed.

26. ​Melody Levine Morris in Los Angeles 

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One week of social distancing in Los Angeles. Started online learning for our weekly music class ☺️

27. ​Jessica Brandenburg in Brooklyn, NY

Day 4 of Social Distancing—WFH full time with my one year old son.

28. Joanne Ho in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong 🇭🇰 7th week of home schooling! Zoom playdate with classmates in pjs. 😅😅

29. Claudia Sarabia Warman in Houston, TX

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I'm a stay home mom so for us nothing change 😂 almost 4 years in 🙈 husband have to work so we try to keep it busy.

30. Ivana Pescar in Romania

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Romania, southeastern Europe, day 7.

31. ​Nikki Armstrong in Illinois

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Day 5 in Illinois. But we made our own beach day!

32. ​Nikki Herrmann in Dallas, TX

toddler playing

My little boss babe and I have been busy working from home this week in Dallas, TX.

33. ​Zaira Collazo-Chaparro in Union City, NJ

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I have been working from home since March 9th until further notice. And here is my assistant.

34. ​Jessica Lee Lourens in South Africa

baby playing

My son is immunocompromised and has one of the 8,000 rare deseases in the world, so at high risk for life threatening complications should he contract COVID-19. So we have been social distancing from January already, and have been in self isolation, under advisement from his specialist's, for 2 weeks now. We are on 116 cases so far and has been declared National disaster in our country. Has been a very scary time. Here my son is with his familiar faces cards of his family💙😟

35. ​Tamara Kleut Cveticanin in Serbia

kids outside

Isolation from this Monday in Serbia, but a quick walk with the sun is what we need. 🌞

36. ​Julie Zenarosa Solana in SW Florida

kid in pool

Pool days for us!

37. Camille Lim in Philippines

woman in mask

Strict home quarantine since March 15. Wearing a mask because I have a mild cough that lasted 2-3 days. Good thing I'm alright now and baby is fine, too.

38. ​Amanda Tyler Gibson in Ontario, Canada

playdough

Day 6—Doing all the things to keep occupied while mom tries to work and take conference calls. Though, balance is hard with a 4 and 2.5 year old!

39. Juwairia Thameem in India

toddler playing

2 days of social distancing with my 5-year-old and 2-year-old.

40. ​Nancy Galvan in Italy

Twin toddlers

My twins are 14 months old and we're in Italy which of course means we've been home for 1 month now. We're doing our best to stay positive. 💙💗

41. Carrol Evans Gowen in Wisconsin

kids swinging on tree

Catching a few rays in Mukwonago, Wisconsin.

42. Magbule Doko in Cananda

From Canada social distancing for 4 days now.

family in bed

Barely day 2 and already out of snacks and things to do hahaha lol people here have been going crazy over stockpiling. 😒

44. Ana Serrano in Costa Rica

kids coloring

The weather is sunny and warm, we should all be at the beach, but most people are staying home. I'm home with my 5-year-old girl and 2-year-old boy. We watch Frozen 2 at least once a day, try to keep up with this temporary homeschooling madness. It's been 8 days since my girl's school closed because a parent of a student tested positive. The rest of the schools in the country closed on Monday. My husband still has to go out because of work.

45. Mar Ta in Poland

toddler coloring

Today is one week of social distancing. Stay strong, we will win.

46. Joëlle Bakhuis in Holland

baby in a stroller

Here, schools and childcare are closed for 4 days now, at least 2.5 weeks to go. We go outside everyday and try to have a good time together.

47. ​Simone Neal in Germany

mother working from home

Greetings from Germany ❤ We are going to get through this!

48. Lindsay Anstett in Maryland

kid jumping in puddles

Social distancing since March 1 when my girls got the stomach flu. Then social isolation as of 3/11, when they spiked fevers due to strep. My girls were sick, we stayed home—it makes good sense even when there isn't a pandemic to worry about! Now we're truly isolating—no parks, stores, appointments or work. Groceries delivered, outside time in our buildings courtyard.

49. Sarah Cooper in NSW Australia

baby in grass

Not much change. Still going out as I have to work, daughter still in day care twice a week. Just being more cautious and taking extra precautions. Our schools are all still open and where possible people work from home. I work in disability so can't! Life is pretty much normal right now. We survived drought, bush-fires and floods in the last year we can survive this!

50. Niki Hawel in Ontario, Canada

woman outside with baby and dogs

Day 5. Husband is an essential service so he is still working. Only time bubs and I have left the house is to walk our dogs once or twice a day around the neighborhood. Niki Hawel

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Motherly created the flexible online birth class moms need

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Taking a birth class is a pregnancy milestone. Whether you've been excited to take a birth class for a long time or have just recently decided that you wanted to take one, sitting down for that first lesson feels big—spoiler alert, this is really happening! But finding time for a birth class isn't as easy as it would seem.

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14 toys that will keep your kids entertained inside *and* outside

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

Keeping kids entertained is a battle for all seasons. When it's warm and sunny, the options seem endless. Get them outside and get them moving. When it's cold or rainy, it gets a little tricker.

So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of the best toys for toddlers and kids that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, many are Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these indoor outdoor toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.


Secret Agent play set

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This set has everything your little secret agent needs to solve whatever case they might encounter: an ID badge, finger scanner, walkie-talkie handset, L-shaped scale and coloring comic (a printable file is also available for online download) along with a handy belt to carry it all along. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.

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Mini golf set

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Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.

$40

Stepping Stones

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Kiddos can jump, stretch, climb and balance with these non-slip stepping stones. The 20-piece set can be arranged in countless configurations to create obstacle courses, games or whatever they can dream up.

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Wooden doll stroller

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Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.

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Sand play set

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Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.

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Sensory play set

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Filled with sand or water, this compact-sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.

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Vintage scooter balance bike

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Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.

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Foam pogo stick

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Designed for ages 3 and up, My First Flybar offers kiddos who are too young for a pogo stick a frustration-free way to get their jump on. The wide foam base and stretchy bungee cord "stick" is sturdy enough to withstand indoor and outdoor use and makes a super fun addition to driveway obstacle courses and backyard races. Full disclosure—it squeaks when they bounce, but don't let that be a deterrent. One clever reviewer noted that with a pair of needle-nose pliers, you can surgically remove that sucker without damaging the base.

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Dumptruck 

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Whether they're digging up sand in the backyard or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? It's made from recycled plastic milk cartons.

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Hopper ball

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Burn off all that extra energy hippity hopping across the lawn or the living room! This hopper ball is one of the top rated versions on Amazon as it's thicker and more durable than most. It also comes with a hand pump to make inflation quick and easy.

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Pull-along ducks

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There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.

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Rocking chair seesaw

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This built-to-last rocking seesaw is a fun way to get the wiggles out in the grass or in the playroom. The sturdy design can support up to 77 pounds, so even older kiddos can get in on the action.

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Baby forest fox ride-on

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Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.

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Meadow ring toss game

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Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.

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Extended breastfeeding just happened for me—and I'm in no rush to end it

My son is two and a half and still nursing, and it's what makes sense for us.

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When I became pregnant with my first child, I assumed that I would breastfeed. I also assumed that I would pump and give bottles. I even had all the bottles, a bottle warmer, and a bottle drying rack all ready to go. I made sure I got my pump before the baby came, so I was ready. But then, I actually tried pumping a couple of times and hated it. It was tedious, time-consuming, and not as effective, so nursing was the standard between my two children. It came naturally for me, and I found it the easier of the two options since I stayed home with them anyway. I was always there when they needed it.

I was able to breastfeed my first until she was two and a half, at which point, I was seven months pregnant with her brother. Between the hormones, being touched out, and being uncomfortable, I decided to fully wean her. It had been coming for some time because the clock was ticking on getting her to sleep on her own before the new baby came since we had been co-sleeping up to this point.

I cut night feedings first, moved her to her own bed, and then weaned her completely as I went along in my pregnancy. She still wanted to nurse to sleep, but I had to stop eventually because I was so uncomfortable. My body and brain could not take it anymore, but I'm proud I made it that far with her and that I nursed that far into pregnancy.

When my second child came around, my son, breastfeeding was not only easier, but I found myself here: extended breastfeeding.


He recently passed two and a half, which is where my daughter stopped, and he is still co-sleeping. He still nurses quite a bit, because his tummy hurts because of constipation issues. He still uses it to soothe and help him go back to sleep at night. He's getting too big to stay in our bed much longer, but I'm in no rush to wean him completely until he's ready.

Being able to stay home with them has definitely fostered the breastfeeding relationship. Cuddling is a huge part of it, too, and I'll continue to breastfeed until it makes sense to stop.

While my husband doesn't always agree with that philosophy and tells him that he's a big boy and can be done having milk, it's ultimately not up to him. I told my son that we would work through it together.

It is still an emotional connection thing, and at the same time, it still has benefits for him. He's still getting nutrients especially designed for him. He's still getting supplemental nutrition while he doesn't want to eat as much otherwise if his stomach is hurting.

My body has been doing this for a long time. I'm used to it. While I get touched out some days, I also know how helpful breastfeeding still is to help him settle down and how much he still appreciates it. I don't feel the need to cut him off quickly—both for his sake and mine.

I'm also painfully aware that this is probably my last baby. My breastfeeding journey, over five years in the making, will soon be over. As long as he is still getting the benefits and I'm not stressed over it, I'll let it continue on a limited basis. I know it will end soon—it has to. He will be growing up and entering the next stage before I know it. But until then, I'm going to cuddle my baby boy a bit longer. I'm going to let him nurse at certain times and in certain situations.

I never intended to do extended breastfeeding with either of them, but it just happened naturally. And that's okay. You need to do what makes the most sense and do what your intuition tells you is right for your family.

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