I know that this has been sorted of covered in previous threads, but I wondered how many of you charge for lessons repeatedly missed, where illness is involved? I have a young student whose mother is hinting that she may have to cancel this afternoon's lesson because her daughter seems to be unwell. This would be the fourth lesson she has cancelled this half term, for a variety of seemingly unavoidable reasons - returning from holiday on an INSET day, illness, Dad being away and so no one able to look after the other child, and now - again - illness. I tend not to charge for lessons missed through illness, and my cancellation policy in any event allows one missed lesson per half term, but the knock-on effect for me is the same. I realise that charging a half-term's worth of lessons upfront could circumvent this problem to some extent, but I don't do this because of my relatively high hourly rate. I would be glad to hear of other tutors' thoughts about whether it would be reasonable to charge for a missed lesson on this occasion, even though the student is ill. She has been coming to me for more than two years now, and up until this year her attendance has been fine.