For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. John Pike

    John Pike said, over 3 years ago

    Are you sure it’s for the children?

  2. KenTheCoffinDweller

    KenTheCoffinDweller said, over 3 years ago

    As a kid I was too much of a perfectionist to get very far with a musical instrument. If I made a mistake I stopped and started over from the beginning again. After 3 hours of the same 12 notes Grandma would call a halt to piano practice and have me go outside for a while. Practice would resume again tomorrow.

  3. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 3 years ago

    If a kid doesn’t like somethign like piano, but hte parents force him/her, its’ not “for the children”.

  4. trekman58

    trekman58 said, over 3 years ago


    Yikes Ken! 15 minutes per NOTE?? That’s not perfectionism – that’s SADISM!

  5. sjsczurek

    sjsczurek said, over 3 years ago


    ………… or masochism.

  6. K.C. Fahel

    K.C. Fahel said, over 3 years ago

    I loved taking keyboard lessons when I was 8, and would voluntarily practice for 3-4 hours every Saturday (right from getting home from lessons). My parents practically had to tear me away! My older daughter is now taking violin lessons. While she loves it and likes to practice, to help her keep it up over the summer, my husband is going to take it up as well, so it is something that they can do together!

  7. dsom8

    dsom8 said, over 3 years ago

    Sometimes the lesson is not the immediate result but the longer-term development. You don’t just quit things because you don’t “love” them.

  8. algurka

    algurka said, over 3 years ago

    A trumpet is a much smaller investment (cost and size-wise) than a piano. Plus, when the kid gets tired of it, it’s much easier to stash away or put out for a yard sale.

  9. fiddler17

    fiddler17 said, over 3 years ago

    Kids need to be taught to follow through. They need to learn to finish what they started. For as many parents that have forced their children to learn a musical instrument there are very few kids that as adults say that they wish they’d never learned the piano. Most of the time it’s the other way around. They wish their parents had made them learn something. I was forced to learn violin as a kid and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  10. ewalnut

    ewalnut said, over 3 years ago

    Who’s Ellie’s friend?

  11. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, over 3 years ago

    If the kid begs for an instrument and the parent spends money on it, the kid better follow through, the parents have every right to demand it. I wish I’d taken piano lessons as a kid, we already had a piano and my elder brother taught himself some basic stuff, but I never went beyond chopsticks. I’ve always regretted not learning.

  12. L Nelson

    L Nelson said, over 3 years ago

    I never understood why parents make their children take music lessons if they don’t want to. There are many things that as an adult I start, find I don’t like as much as I thought I would, and quit. It isn’t “not finishing what I started” but trying new things. For kids it is vitally important to try lots of new things. They should be free to try and dabble, and find what they really like. Parents are too quit to jump in, buy the most expensive equipment (this goes for sports too), then “make” the child keep at it. It’s not for the child’s sake!

  13. BookLoverExtraordinaire

    BookLoverExtraordinaire said, over 3 years ago

    After teaching piano, organ, and keyboard for over 30 years, I finally gave it up last year. There just aren’t many students like K.C. Fahel and her daughter anymore. My parents made me practice for 30 mins every day no matter what and while I hated it at the time, I earned enough in my first three years teaching music (I started teaching at age 15) that I bought my first car brand new with cash and paid for my own college education including room and board. Times have changed. Parents are so afraid they will alienate their children if they set boundaries that they are sacrificing far more than they realize at their childrens’ expense.

  14. BookLoverExtraordinaire

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  15. Elsie Ross

    Elsie Ross said, over 3 years ago

    wish I had learned to play piano!!!!

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