Since I teach at/through the school, I get who they give me, and they pay by the semester.
This mom asked a couple of weeks ago if I had a time open for a second weekly lesson. But the one or two times I might could put her in, was already occupied with other activities. Mom would not dream of changing anything else in the busy schedule to well-round out her child.
The girl adores me, and each week earnestly says she will practice. I also, have the stickers, including a roller pen that rolls out stamps/stickers!
When I have worked as a sub in this girl's classroom, she is very scattered and always a step behind, chasing rainbows and caterpillars.
I figure I have one more year before she either really starts to work or will drop piano for other activities.
I have enough songs in my bag of tricks to make May's spring recital music sound really "full" or difficult, so to the untrained ear, it seems the student is doing well.
Mostly, it is a lot of repeats, played in different octaves, or one time hands apart, then together, or playing a duet with them, or changing dynamics, etc...
And if the mom comes this time, she will be jsut so happy to hear how well her child is doing! Never mind that I have three kindergarten students that started after her and are way ahead. Her child will be "the most beautiful, in the most beautiful dress, with professionally done hair and the cutest little heels!"
Ah well. I take what I get. The girl likes coming, and always has a smile for me. When I see that smile start to fade, then I will have a more serious talk with mom.
Meanwhile, I found some new exercises and games to try new angles to get her to retain information.
I am not giving up yet!