At first, it was difficult, and I would end up just giving in. I'd talk myself into it. "Well, it's just for a couple of weeks"; "Well, they sound nice"; "Well, since they live closeby..."; "Well, they sound so desperate".
But now, I've gotten better at saying "no". It seems I've settled into summer break mode too.
People are looking for summer tutors, and that's a good thing, for us tutors anyway. Honestly, I don't mean to sound all altruistic, but really, I'm not a tutor (mainly) for the money. Fortunately, Magnum provides enough so that I don't need to work. I just need something to do, and this is something I enjoy that also has some nice flexibility to it. If I wasn't an independent tutor, I would be a volunteer tutor.
So when I see these inquiries:
"My daughter will be a junior in high school..."
"I'm interested in tutoring for..."
"I need to brush up on..."
"I would like to begin..."
"My son struggles with..."
I'm tempted to answer them. Or I was. Now that I've practiced saying "no", it's coming easier to me, especially now with the kids all on summer break. Once school starts up again, I'll most likely be jumping back into the tutoring match fray.
I'm still tutoring somebody each weekday, but I have happily decreased my hours and I want to leave them about where they are. And, thanks to Judy, I've signed up for free bowling all summer.
See ya later, time to go throw.