QUOTE(Norway @ May 26 2012, 09:41 PM)
Thanks Scooby Doo. They are VERY determined that he is going to have lessons no matter what - so I'll just have to stand my ground. He has had about a term of lessons, and I can't face another one, so I'll get on the phone tomorrow!
I had a parent like that. Alarm bells rang as soon as I answered the phone to the father's initial enquiry: "I think it would be nice if little Johnny played fiddle tunes". I asked if little Johnny thought so too, and the father sounded quite surprised, and said "Oh - I don't know; I haven't asked him!"
We had about half a term's worth of lessons, and finally I explained to the parents that he was too young for one-to-one lessons, wasn't enjoying them, etc etc. Mum said that they still wanted him to do it, and I agreed to give it another try on the condition that she sat in on the next lesson. That was all it took - she could see that it was never going to work, and (thankfully) took him away.
Norway, I know how demoralising it is when you have students like this, and how depressing it can be dreading Monday, or Tuesday, or whatever the lesson day is. You say that mum sat in on the start of the lesson - but have you tried asking her to stay for the whole thing? She might get the fuller picture if she did. But no matter how determined the parents are, you don't have to teach him! If they are determined to waste their money on something that this lad doesn't want, they will have to do it with another teacher. Don't put up with any more kitchen timer incidents.