Anyway, my question is this: When is it OK to let your child quit something?
I think we are going to let Will quit playing the violin. He has played for a year and a half and the only reason he ever wanted to play was because his little brother Henry started playing. He hates it, and I hate the fight over practice and lessons. It is just not fun. I should say though, that he has the most beautiful long fingers and neck and is physically built to play the violin. He does quite well when he's not fighting it .... It is just not for him.
Many of you know that I played violin as a kid. In fact, I played all through high school, college, and graduate school, played professionally and taught. And then I QUIT.... after all that I quit. The analysis of me as a quitter is probably best suited for a post all on it's own so I'll get back to the question at hand.
When is it OK to quit? You can't do everything forever. How do you encourage stick-to-it-ive-ness (isn't that a word?) and still allow your child the opportunity to move on? What message do they take away? I'd love to hear your thoughts and experiences on this issue.