I started teaching Caleb piano lessons when he turned 5. He was progressing fairly well, but more and more often we were just butting heads. It was difficult to separate practicing from actual lessons. We were both getting pretty frustrated because he would say he couldn't do things that I knew he was capable of doing. It was a fight every day to practice, and it progressively took more and more bribery because he wasn't intrinsically motivated.
I finally decided that we would try a different piano teacher to see if it would help. It's just what Caleb needed! He went from a boy who complained every day about practicing (and sometimes it just wasn't worth the fight on my end) to a boy who wanted to practice the piano every day. No more complaining!! Caleb is very motivated to learn his pieces well and listens a lot better to me now when we practice. I love hearing Caleb practice all by himself randomly during the day because he wants to. He was assigned the piece, "Happy Birthday" right before Bryson's birthday. It was a huge motivator to learn the piece well in order to accompany everyone singing Happy Birthday to Bryson. I hope he always appreciates this talent and loves music all his life.