Yes I second all that's been said above and second it again! As mentioned in another post - I had that one parent who would always, every term, take at least one month or even longer sometimes, to pay fees - but would drive the said student to their lessons without any recognition knowing full well none of the lessons were paid for. Disgraceful. At one point, I wondered if it was a ploy - to possibly stop coming and just not pay.
I have now decided that two weeks will be my absolute maximum - and after that I would advise in writing that I can no longer hold the lesson time for the child due to nonpayment.
Yes BadStrad - it truly is a power play, you've nailed it. And I realise this now, looking back - that this particular parent was quite manipulative I feel, and making me wait for that period of time (when all other parents paid before the very first lesson of the term), was her way of having some control, and of course, showing disrespect. They would drive their Mercedes to and from lessons happily knowing none of the lessons were paid for. And I was so gracious and nice, and didn't say anything as I didn't want to make them feel bad
So no. I will be adamant about payment from now on. I am not a charity. And neither are you hammer action! x I think it's ultimately important to enforce because it establishes a level of respect and basic regard, which in turn is passed on to the student.
Wow, you soon learn don't you?? I feel with every 'experience' teaching brings.... my T&C's get a little longer