Our expert says:
A child can indeed decide they really want to play a musical instrument properly, or that they prefer to play and watch TV - they can't do both. Without practice, becoming even moderately adept at any musical instrument is an unrealistic aim.
Without SELF-discipline and a good deal of practice, it won't work. Uncle sounds like a bad influence - is he enormously wealthy and devoted to supporting her for the rest of her life ? Or does he imagine that a kid with modest abilities to dance or play school sposts can support herself ? If he thinks she suffers from insufficient cartoons, then he is wildly unrealistic. Has he made a triumphant success of his own life ? I hear nothing at all crazy or unrealistic about you.
Everything needs to be in moderation, and it is a form of child abuse to teach a child that doing nothing except whatever you enjoy is enough for life.
I agree with Liza - there's sense in encouraging and reminding a child learnin an instrument, to do the essential practise - but there's no point in tryiong to force her to pracice. If she's not prepared to do so, stop the lessons and sell the instrument.
Congratulations on being an excellent parent. Why doesn't uncle go back to ruining his own kids ?
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