Recently I’ve been politely asked by the cub (a few times) if he can go for his piano lessons on his own. 💔 Like what the hubs put plainly, I need to face it – the kids are growing up.
I’ve been sitting in his new class, like what I did for his previous class, so that I know what he has learned and which areas I need to practise more with him. Being the sensitive son he is, he was quick to reassure me that he knows I want to help him (by sitting in) and he just wants to try if he can do this on his own. Where did the kid who wanted his mommy to sit next to him in class all the time go?!
In order for me to accede to his request, I laid down some rules for the cub:
- Focus in class (easier now that we do one-to-one lessons)
- Listen to his teacher (and to be comfortable to ask questions whenever he doesn’t understand)
- Be able to share with me how he did (good or bad) in class.
- Practise more on his own since he cannot rely on me as much to help him at home.
I do get updates from the teacher after class but I wanted him to take ownership of his learning since he wants to go for lessons on his own. Only when he can do these, I would allow him to continue lessons without my company.
In his bid to prove himself, the cub has been practising whenever he has little pockets of time – while waiting for dinner be ready, after shower, etc. I know it can be quite a struggle for the cub since he can be the only one practising on the bench while his sister and cousins are playing around him. But it makes me beam with pride watching how he overcomes these to achieve what he wants.
As bittersweet as it is, I’m glad to see he’s not going to need me to sit in for classes. On the bright side, I can get errands done while waiting now! 😊