APB Speaker Rachel Simmons Advises Parents to Maintain Structure During Quarantine
21 Mar 2020
Author, educator, leadership consultant and APB speaker Rachel Simmons appeared on Good Morning America to advise parents who may feel overwhelmed by the prospect of their children being home from school for weeks due to coronavirus closings. Simmons advised parents to maintain structure, such as enforcing consistent wake-up times and meals in order to help kids feel safe and stable amidst these uncertain times. She also recommends crafting plans for the day together, such as deciding what to cook or how to get active, so that everyone is equally invested in the plan. For teenagers, Simmons points out that “this is an opportunity for your kids to develop some independence and contribute around the house.”
Rachel Simmons is a well-known authority on education and leadership, especially in the area of empowering girls and women. Her best-selling books include Odd Girl Out, The Curse of the Good Girl, and Enough As She Is. Simmons is the co-founder of the national nonprofit Girls Leadership and has been called by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg “the expert on helping girls become leaders.” With these unprecedented school closures, Simmons’ advice can help families retain stability and structure, and even enable growth.