I took on a transfer student in September, 7 YO girl. She's doing OK, knows the basics and I've spent this term plugging any obvious gaps in knowledge/skills and started her on work to move forward. We're currently working on the end of PA Level 1 (just started I and V7 chords) and have been doing some Dozen a Day for technique, theory, and started scales (just C major for now).
She had her lesson last night and at the end, mum says that she wants her to do an exam next year because she'll be going to the local private secondary school (in 4 years time!) and oh, actually, she wants her to be at Grade 3/4 level by then.
I did make it clear to her (I hope!) that I would be the one deciding when said child is ready to do exams and that I didn't expect to be pushed into it but I'm not sure whether that will be enough.
I knew this parent was potentially pushy - I was a bit reluctant to take on the child initially because of this (probably should have trusted my instincts) - and if she'd said this about exams at the start, I wouldn't have gone near it. I'm really tempted to stop the lessons now and refund any leftover payments, because I DO NOT want mum breathing down my neck for the next 4 years, fussing about why the child isn't on Grade X by now but I'm feeling that that's a bit of an over-reaction, plus I don't really want to lose a pupil right now (or have to refund).
(ETA: A couple of positive points - mum sits in on the lessons and seems to take an interest (she sits behind me so I can't really see but when I turned round to grab a book she seemed to be sitting forward and following the lesson, rather than playing on her phone or similar) so hopefully she will realise if her daughter is struggling with something and will understand if I have to ask her to repeat things for homework. Also, she said last night that she likes the structure of the lessons (I think it's a bit different than with their last teacher) and she likes the way I'm doing things, so hopefully that will give me a bit of leverage.)
Any advice? I am prepared to be tough if she keeps bugging me and if I have to let her go, I will but...ugh.