Everything you say makes sense, yet I couldn’t ‘make’ my musical son involve himself with lessons and study. Attitudes from School and peers had more influence than did I. The result as you suggested was involvement with marijuana and alcohol, hatred of organisation and school attendance. My beautiful son ended his life at 39 years – we could not reach him. Reasoning did not work. I sincerely hope you can hold influence within your family. A birth in 1963 presented so many difficulties for parents which we were unprepared for. I am a failed parent musician who could not hold influence the way you are able to. May music thrive and hold your family together.
Fast forward a bit… Tommy is 10 years old and practice is starting to wane. He’s involved in more activities, which makes practicing piano difficult to schedule, and it’s starting to become a struggle between Tommy and his parents. After a fight about practicing, Tommy tosses his piano book to the floor and yells the dreaded phrase… “I just want to quit!”
Don’t worry, parents… you’re not alone in this fight. This morning I came across a great video from Scott Lang, a nationally known leadership trainer and music educator. Check it out:
“We make decisions each and every day in what’s not only the best interest of our children right now, but in the…
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