I thought i'd start a new thread rather than go off-topic after reading a post by Pelao on the "how often do you practice" Poll where he wrote..... I have two pretty talented 14 and 11 year old kids who have been playing guitar since they were 7 and 6 respectively. For the last few years they have been gigging occasionally as a duo, sometimes as a trio with me, and sitting in with some serious pro musicians gigs who we have got to know. Now we've been telling them for years that they don't have to play music if they don't want to. They can hang up the guitars, or just play whenever they want.... BUT... if they want to do gigs they have to practice and they love gigging so they do (sometimes pretty half heartedly). Generally it is around 20-30mins each morning before school and a lesson/practice for an hour on either a Saturday or Sunday when we don't have other things on which usually works out as every other week. This generally works but if we don't remind them they can get pretty slack. Things are a bit better these days but a couple of years ago TV was more important than anything and they could watch 3 hours of TV and then say they didn't have time to practice that day. Hey, they're kids and priorities are different and I can see where they think they've got no time. If the kids Pelao are teaching are anything like mine they can spend 10 minutes each day staring into space or spinning around getting dizzy. Mind you, my 14 year old is now getting some serious amounts of homework which is making it harder to have even 20 mins for her and me to jam at night. What do other parents or music teachers find works.... or doesn't???