I wonder how many have a tale like this to tell. I started teaching a boy on Sundays at 10:00. After a couple of weeks he turned up late, because he couldn't get his butt out of bed. So mother and boy were told that this was unacceptable. Boy turns up on time next week, but before the following lesson the mother phones to say that her son feels he doesn't need any more help until next September. I should have just dropped him then, but I told the mother that he was a weak student and definitely needed the tutoring. After missing a Sunday the mother gets back to me saying they wish to continue. I tell her that the boy must show every Sunday until the end of term. Boy turns up next Sunday, late. Then before the following session mother calls again. It's half term and her darling son, being an only child, wishes to spend the holiday with his cousins. Being a reasonable person, I grant him ONE Sunday off. But you've guessed it, on the Saturday before the next Sunday mother phones again to say he can't make it. So, I tell the mother that I'm not prepared to tutor her son again. I tell her about all the dedicated, committed students who have been coming throughout the half term, and that I've no time for lazy boys who don't want to work. The woman simply can't understand why, as she is paying, I don't want to waste time on her useless son. Do parents not understand that they shouldn't pander to kids who have no work ethic? Classroom teachers might be forced to, but nobody else will. That's the great thing about being a tutor. I expect my students to have a strong sense of honour, duty and a good work ethic, and don't have to put up with any who are lacking in these VITAL qualities. Should also add that the mother told me I was worse (about attendance) than his last tutor. I wonder just how many tutors this waste-of-space boy has alienated, and why the mother refuses to acknowledge that her son needs a really good kick up the backside. Any similar tales?