My husband and I decided to let our oldest son quit taking piano lessons. He has taken piano for two years now. It was a painful decision. I teared up as I placed his books in the closet and closed the door. He was so good at it, but he disliked it immensely. It is interesting to watch your kids grow into themselves, and not into you or your husband... as would be expected... right?
When is it ok to let your kids quit? My husband is worried that our daughter will also want to quit her piano lessons now. Am I starting our family down a slippery slope? Or worse, am I instructing them on how to avoid hard things? (...because our oldest now knows exactly what to do)
Complain bitterly - on a daily basis - before, after, and while you participate in the activity
Negotiate with mother regarding the initiation and later length and quality of your participation in the activity - until she can hardly see or think straight
Appear as if you are diligently struggling to succeed - with tears in your eyes... as you participate in the activity
Politely and routinely - at least every other day - request that you be allowed to stop participating in the activity, offering a sound reason for your request
Then... wait two years, and mother will inevitably give in.
I will miss dearly the sound of E playing the keys on our piano. Maybe, just maybe, he will miss it too.