I spoke for a teacher's group a while ago, and included the quote "Don't make someone a priority who only makes you an option." I try to remember that when situations like this come up in my studio.
This is good advice, and one reason I am feeling burnt out on my previous career (I don't feel that is an option). I am trying to break old habits and run my studio differently from the get-go.
On this topic, I currently have a student whom I really feel is not committed to piano lessons. The parent has asked that we do lessons twice a month, saying hat the child is only six, and there is plenty of time to take it slow while pursuing other interests, too. I tried to encourage her that maybe it is time to wait until she is older to pick up lessons again, as I really did not feel that a six-year-old would maintain interest just having lessons twice a month. The parent was insistent that they would be prepared for the lesson on this schedule. I felt like I tried to give her several outs, but she didn't want to take them. So I agreed to try it. It has only been one lesson, and dang if the child wasn't super prepared and even had done an extra page or two (that practically anyone in the family was quite capable of helping her with). I suppose that it might work in this case, but I am going to give it time to see if the motivation continues. Has anyone ever had success with less than once a week lessons with young beginners?