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Is your child showing signs of not wanting to practice?

Is your child showing signs of not wanting to practice?

May brings nice weather in Michigan.  All kids are excited to be able to finally go outside and play without wearing all the winter gear and being freezing cold.  So, what should you do when they won't practice?

AbbyS02Let them go outside.  First, have them play outside for a about 10 - 20 minutes (each family will make their own schedule) and then have your child come and and practice for half their normal time.  So, if your child practices for 10 minutes per day, split it to 5 minutes.  Some parents can ask their child, after coming inside after playing, if they want to get the entire 10 minutes done or interrupt play time again.  Let your child make the choice.  But for those who choose to split their practice time and have practice half their time, reward them with going back outside for another 10 more minutes.  Call them back in to finish the other 5 minutes of practice.  Give this process about one week.

But, what about my child who has a spring sports everyday?  You will need to re-write your family schedule for May.  Start out by fitting in half the normal practice time until your family adjusts to your new schedule.  After your family is adjusted, add the other half of practice back in.

Also let your music instructor know if you are having problems with getting your child to practice now with the nice weather.  When it is cooler, or raining, those are days in which you can make up practice times for the week.  But, make sure that your music instructor knows that you are having problems with practice at home and get extra assistance with tricks and not allow your children to go a week without practicing.

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Amber teething anklet in NZ on Tuesday, August 06, 2013 6:31 AM
So true of you while pointing out the warmth and depth of the issue. The subject matter was a sensitive one which bounds one to have a thought on it for a while.
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