I began tutoring a junior high girl in mid-October after her father saw my profile on a tutoring website and liked me because we have the same alma mater. I ended up being hired for this side-job and they agreed to pay a nice wage of $30 per tutoring session since it would help me out and not break their bank. I should mention they initially said I would tutor until the summer. I really liked the girl and we clicked, and she was able to discuss her school problems with me...and her mom and I would talk extensively before or after tutoring about her daughter's issues as I had the same problems when I was her age. I thought I became close to this family, the parents are the age of my parents and since I am far from home it felt like an adopted family. I was happy to tutor the girl and I had been looking forward to having them over for a holiday dinner to meet my husband. However, shortly before Thanksgiving the girl had a test in the subject I was helping her with and she didnt do well...a C, or on par with how she had been performing in the class. After this, the mother informed me they were pulling her from school and homeschooling her (possibly due to the bully issue too) and that they would contact me after the holidays about starting tutoring again.
On Thanksgiving, I texted the mother to wish a happy holiday and received no answer. On Christmas I texted Merry Christmas and to say hello to the girl, and received a text back as though I was the girl's uncle. I responded oh no, wrong number, this is X the tutor! And she replied that she didnt have my number and is glad I texted so she would have it again and that they would be in touch. It is now mid-January and I havent heard anything from them. I don't know if they meant to dump me, if my cost was too high (I never tutored outside volunteering during school and just threw out a number and they agreed to it...but if it was too much I would think they could have brought that up), or if the girl's performance didn't change as indicated by her test score (I only had 9 session with her though), or if she is simply being homeschooled and they no longer need a tutor. I don't know if I have a place to ask what is their plan for continuing using me as a tutor, and I probably wouldn't care except that I felt I got close to the family and I care about the health of the girl. Considering how her mom and I would talk about confident issues I feel like I was close enough to at least give a respectable good-bye to if they don't need my service anymore. Should I text her and ask pointedly? Should I drop it? I'm not sure what to do and I feel part slighted and part hurt.