On occasions I have had parents whose attitude has been such that I have been the one who has ended their child's tuition when in fact this was what they intended to do all along. Examples of this include: 'We would like to take half a term/a term out ... we've got a busy period coming up, so we'll leave it for a while ...we want to wait until the Coronavirus scare has passed ..[yesterday]". Often, they seem to be really charming, pleasant, well-mannered people. But surely such well-mannered parents would realise that if I were to take them at their word then I would have to hold their place open, thereby turning down potential new students. So they are in fact forcing me to tell them pleasantly that it is unsustainable from a business point of view for me to hold the place open for them and therefore I cannot continue to tutor their child on this basis. I don't specify a period for giving notice because I don't think I could compel a parent/student to continue tuition if they were not happy with it. But I consider it a given that, if they do want to end tuition, then they should at least clearly state that that is what they want to do. I don't mind if they make up a reason or whether they just feel they have come as far as they can and want to stop. I just think they should distinctly say that they are stopping. Has anyone found a way to obviate this in their T&Cs or should I just accept that it goes with the territory?