I thought it would be fun to start a home studio for teaching a couple of years ago and as I began to grow my private student base, I found teaching to be very rewarding... Until recently. I have a difficult parent with whom I am at my rope's end. I get push back at nearly every challenging homework assignment for the student (who is marvelous, by the way!), and have even had some assignments downright refused. It wouldn't be as challenging to address with the parent, except that all of these disagreements happen in front of the student. I feel like my credibility is crumbling at every lesson and when I have tried to talk to her about it, she tells me that she is the child's mother and knows best what he needs. I am exhausted of fighting her at every turn and am to the point of asking her to find another instructor. I would hate to lose my darling student, but I'm so frustrated that I don't know what to do. I would so welcome any advice, guidance, book recommendations or other strategies to better handle this situation. I am in tears over it! Thanks so much for your input!
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