- Nov 28, 2020
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I've experienced a tiny bit of that, but mainly it's been talented, smart kids with parents who don't pay me on time and/or consistently screw up appointments. I had one particularly talented student who went off to college with his mom (who always had an expensive tan and a more expensive purse) owing $400. I wrote it off as charity lessons but I was surprised when the doorbell rang almost a year later and she handed me $400 cash. Getting the cash that way felt a lot better than chasing after her for it. But not everybody has a frugality ethic that allows for living at least a year in advance. I can afford to wait for money owed. I know other contractors need it right away to keep the lights on, so my approach isn't universally effective.This is everywhere. I raised 2 children and I can remember some of the nutty parents I would talk to at Little League Baseball, Youth Basketball and Soccer games. These parents were so driving on 6, 7 and 8 year olds it would make me sad for their child. They would tell me things like their son was going to play for The Yankees, or get a University Scholarship in Sports or make The Olympics. And in drumming, their kid was going to be the next Buddy Rich. Let em speak and let time and evolution do the work. It's good to have dreams of being the next Buddy Rich, but is this your dream or really the hungry desire of your child? If the child is determined to play, they will find a way with or without you.