How Keri and Yara Shahidi Are Keeping Their Mother-Daughter Relationship Strong During Quarantine

Akili King

“I equate parenting three humans to putting together the most beautiful 10,000 piece puzzle,” says Keri Shahidi—mother of actress Yara Shahidi and Sayeed and Ehsan Shahidi. “Every day is a new day of self-discovery, as a woman, mother, partner, and friend.” That sense of discovery is especially true right now, as we’re all finding our feet—and figuring out how best to connect with ourselves and our loved ones—in the face of this pandemic.

While Keri, Yara, and their family have always been close knit, they’re finding new ways to keep each other engaged while inside. Their mother-daughter routine now typically starts with a check-in every morning: “We talk about how we slept, continuing to remind each other of the importance of downtime.” That downtime usually includes reading books together (recents favorites are The Alchemist and Their Eyes Were Watching God), enjoying a Bobbi Brown face mask, or a daily FaceTime session with Nana. “We are grateful she's such an active part of our lives,” Yara says of her grandmother. “My mom has always modeled the importance of family relationships, so during this time, we have just prioritized reaching out more.” And of course, a favorite past-time also includes having in-depth conversations about different philosophers and their perspectives “to keep our minds moving.”

The moving doesn’t stop at the mind, either: “Quarantining together has upped our collective commitment to be healthier, so we exercise together quite a bit,” Keri says. She and Yara have been jumping rope and doing guided workouts together, led by Katie Wildhagen, three to four times a week. “Katie has such wonderful energy and offers classes via a donation! It is an uplifting space of people wanting to stay healthy, and it ends in a beautiful meditation.”

Amid the pandemic, Keri continues to emphasize the importance of transparency with her kids. “Ultimately I continue to share that I don’t have all of the parenting answers,” she notes, “but I do have their best interest at heart. We are raising three extremely plugged-in individuals, who deeply love one another and feel a commitment to our global society, and for that, I am at peace, and the beautiful puzzle is continuing to take shape.”

Here, Keri and Yara Shahidi share a look at their at-home family routine for inspiration this quarantined Mother’s Day and beyond.

<div class="caption"> Fresh face with my favorite girl. </div> <cite class="credit">Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi</cite>
Fresh face with my favorite girl.
Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi
<div class="caption"> Beauty must-haves by Bobbi Brown. </div> <cite class="credit">Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi</cite>
Beauty must-haves by Bobbi Brown.
Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi
<div class="caption"> Post cake BURN with @katiecakecakecake. </div> <cite class="credit">Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi</cite>
Post cake BURN with @katiecakecakecake.
Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi
<div class="caption"> Grounding ourselves in the sun! </div> <cite class="credit">Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi</cite>
Grounding ourselves in the sun!
Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi
<div class="caption"> Offsetting my intake of biscuits with fruit. </div> <cite class="credit">Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi</cite>
Offsetting my intake of biscuits with fruit.
Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi
<div class="caption"> Waking up my son-shine! </div> <cite class="credit">Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi</cite>
Waking up my son-shine!
Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi
<div class="caption"> Soaking up the sun with my son-shine. </div> <cite class="credit">Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi</cite>
Soaking up the sun with my son-shine.
Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi
<div class="caption"> Hubby made sure I got some veggies to balance the sweets - fully loaded romaine and veggie salad. </div> <cite class="credit">Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi</cite>
Hubby made sure I got some veggies to balance the sweets - fully loaded romaine and veggie salad.
Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi
<div class="caption"> Homemade veggie soup with grilled shrimp and sautéed kale. </div> <cite class="credit">Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi</cite>
Homemade veggie soup with grilled shrimp and sautéed kale.
Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi
<div class="caption"> Choosing health and wellness with my favorite workout buddy. </div> <cite class="credit">Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi</cite>
Choosing health and wellness with my favorite workout buddy.
Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi
<div class="caption"> Hubby and Win with a cup of morning coffee (with a piece of chocolate). </div> <cite class="credit">Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi</cite>
Hubby and Win with a cup of morning coffee (with a piece of chocolate).
Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi
<div class="caption"> Hugs from Middle Man Shahidi. </div> <cite class="credit">Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi</cite>
Hugs from Middle Man Shahidi.
Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi
<div class="caption"> Backyard bonfire with my favorites. </div> <cite class="credit">Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi</cite>
Backyard bonfire with my favorites.
Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi
<div class="caption"> Homemade cinnamon rolls. </div> <cite class="credit">Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi</cite>
Homemade cinnamon rolls.
Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi
<div class="caption"> Late night cookie fix. </div> <cite class="credit">Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi</cite>
Late night cookie fix.
Photo courtesy of Keri Shahidi
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