When parents invest into their children’s education, they want to make sure they make the best possible investment. This is completely understandable and reasonable. You care about your children. You have worked hard for your money and you want to see it used in the best possible way.
We measure the quality of an investment by the ROI (return on investment). If we get a high ROI, we made a good investment. If we get a low ROI, we made a bad investment.
So what is the ROI in the analogy here? The skill level of your child.
How do you as a parent maximise that ROI? There are two ways:
- Choosing the best possible guitar teacher
- Having the child practice
Number 1 is relatively easy do, if you are getting these emails then you already know where to look for the best quality guitar teacher. Number 2 is trickier.
The more your child practices, the more they improve – most people would agree with this. So what is the next logical step? To have your child practice 24/7 and maximise the return that you get on your investment!
Obviously this can’t happen. But in your mind, as a parent, whenever you see them not practising… you are losing money! And you panic! So you NAG THEM.
No-one likes being nagged. Think back to when someone last nagged you, maybe it was your spouse, a parent, your boss… did their nagging make you any more inclined to do what is was they were asking? I doubt it!
Your child will have times when they don’t practice very much, and times when they practice loads, of their own accord. It is really important to keep the real goal in mind.
Is the goal:
- To make your child practice today, or
- Give them a skill that 10 years from now will be a powerful positive effect and force multiplier for the rest of their life?
The goal is b). What is the vital component to having them achieve b)? Keep them attending their guitar classes. When the practice starts to fluctuate, talk to their guitar teacher about strategies you can use to help them be more motivated.
This is just one tactic we use to help empower parents with approaches to their children practice and progression with the instrument. Parents of our students get a more complete set of strategies and tactics, to help ensure that their child becomes the best guitar player possible.