Hi all, I'm so shaky after just starting a trial lesson and I'm teaching again in a few minutes but need to offload - really sorry. I've just had a booking for a trial with a 5 1/2 year old. I was kind of manipulated into doing this sooner than I otherwise would have done as they want to get replacement lessons sorted before Christmas - this boy's teacher is moving away from the area. I, in the end, kindly agreed to trial at 4pm today when I only get in from school at 3.45 then teach until 7 (I started at 8am with no break!). So I'm grabbing my lunch and the doorbell goes at 3.50. Then, the child, grandparent, and who I later find out to be the parent want the child to use the toilet. I agree that he can but ask them to afterwards wait in the car and we rejig the time until 4.05. The child barged in and charged into the loo, was rude to his grandmother and from this point I knew I had a problem. They came back at 4.05, the child as good as marched into my teaching room, got his book out and started playing whilst the grandmother was controlling things by telling me what he's already done (I did manage to ascertain in my hall just who was who). She then asked me what they should do and I said that what normally happens is that I invite people in and to sit down, I chat through my T & Cs and find out some info about them then I invite the child to play etc.. They at this point decided that I was very rude, stormed out and said they would never recommend me to anyone and I should stop advertising. It's obviously shaken me up.
Anyone else had any really bad experiences like this? I'm never going to do a trial without someone else in my house again.