Sam Villa ArTeam Member Anna Peters offers some tips for juggling work and kids from home during the COVID-19 crisis.
 -

Sam Villa ArTeam Member Anna Peters offers some tips for juggling work and kids from home during the COVID-19 crisis.

Working at home has many challenges…staying focused and motivated, structuring the day to maximize productivity…but can it actually be done with kids running around?  Anna Peters, Sam Villa ArTeam Member, was ordered by the state of California to temporarily close her salon, and just like many others is trying to juggle work and family from home.   Through trial and error, here are some things that are working.

"It’s a challenge for me to work at home, but my girls Charly (8), Bennett (19 months) and Kaliana (5) are so inspiring and I’m really enjoying this newfound time with them.  I’m also trying to get caught up on all the amazing digital education happening out there! Our businesses may be closed, but we are only getting stronger - #SamVillaCommunity,” says Peters.

  1. Try to do as much as possible and the one or two things with the highest priority while little ones are napping. Prioritizing is important, I used to try to do a little of this and a little of that whenever possible, and I was just left feeling overwhelmed with not much accomplished. Now, if I can at least get one job completed a day, it’s a win and my mind is more focused. 
  2. Let your kids play with mannequin heads, my kids love it!  Give them some brushes and pins they will stay entertained for a good amount of time. If they’re old enough, let them use some curling irons and really go to town!
  3. Map out a portion of the day where they have to follow direction - put them to work on homework, puzzles or have an older sibling read to the younger ones.  It makes the older child feel important and it frees up time to focus on work

About Sam Villa: Sam Villa is co-founder of Sam Villa® (Allvus, LLC), the educational world of this 2020 International Hairdressing Awards International Hair Influencer of the Year, 2017 NAHA Lifetime Achievement Award Victor, Intercoiffure America/Canada Member, Behind the Chair Stylist Choice Award Winner for Favorite Platform Artist and Educator (2012, 2011 and 2007), Favorite Overall Educator of the Year (2015) and Global Artistic Ambassador for Redken 5th Avenue, can be experienced on samvilla.com.  Stylists and salon owners have access to FREE digital education on hot tips and techniques and series like “Become a Better Hairdresser in 30 Days,” as well as insight into LIVE educational events and ergonomic cutting and styling tools (brushes, combs, thermal tools, shears and accessories). 

For reprint and licensing requests for this article, Click here.

Read more about