By Shirin Yadegar

shirinWhen schools closed across the country in lieu of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring, we found ourselves in a strange situation but we all tried to make the best in our “once in a lifetime” situation at home with our kids.

Now with the indefinite closure of schools we are stressed, exhausted and confused. Making sure the kids are physically, emotionally and academically taken care of is more than we can handle. Organization is the key to success.

That’s why I’ve come up with a list of the best ways to ease the stress and chaos that comes with social distancing.

1. Maintain a Structured Schedule

By now I am sure you all know this but without structure we are doomed.

2. Teach Your Kids Life Skills

My girls have all learned how to do laundry, wash the dishes and make basic meals on the stove.

3. Visit Iconic Landmarks

We may not be able to travel the world, but we can virtually travel places we may never get a chance to see. Now is your chance.

4. Order New Board Games

We are loving Spot it, Clue and Apples to Apples.

5. See a Broadway Show

This is a great time to feel “cultural” with the kids. Get dressed up and watch a show at home.

6. Organize Your House

Donate old clothes and purchase new clothes online. Rearrange the kids rooms and make them feel the beginning of the school year.

7. Build Your Bucket List

Since we can’t travel now, it’s a great time to take out the world map and make a bucket list as a family of places you look forward to visiting.

8. Visit Colleges

If you have a high schooler, it’s a great time to do virtual tours and get to know different cities and college campuses.

9. Date Night

Don’t neglect your partner. Get dressed up one night and tell the kids it’s date night. Have them set up a restaurant for you and send to their rooms to watch a movie while you enjoy a quiet romantic night.

10. Self Care

While it’s important to make sure your kids are getting the structure, stimulus and support they need , you can’t forget about taking care of yourself. Kid feel your energy and if you’re not happy, no one is happy at home.

Shirin Yadegar is CEO and Creator of and host of her own talk show Moms Matter.