Mum blogger Bunmi Laditan, from the US, explained to her
followers that her daughter was “done with homework” because of the stress it causes.
Laditan said her daughter loves learning and regularly does
research off her own back, but she’s recently been getting
physical symptoms of stress.
“I just sent an email to her school letting her know she’s
all done,” the mum wrote on Facebook on Tuesday 25 April.
“I said ‘drastically reduce’ but I was trying to be polite,
because she’s finished.”
Laditan’s email to the school read: “Maya will be drastically
reducing the amount of homework she does this year. She’s
been very stressed and is starting to have physical
symptoms such as chest pain and waking up at 4am worrying
about her school workload.
“She’s not behind academically and she very much enjoys
school. We’ve consulted with a tutor and a therapist
suggested we lighten her workload. Doing two to three hours
of homework after getting home at 4.30pm is leaving little
time for her to just be a child and enjoy family time.
“We’d like to avoid her sinking into depression over this.”
Writing on Facebook, Laditan
explained that her daughter often does homework until 6.30pm
and has as little as an hour to relax after dinner.
“Is family time not important?” the mum wrote to her
followers. “Is time spent just being a child relaxing at home
not important? Or should she become some kind of junior
workaholic at 10 years old?
“Children need downtime after school the same way adults need
downtime after work. They need to play with their siblings.
“They need to bond with their parents in a relaxed
atmosphere. Children need time to just enjoy their
“My kid is all done with homework. If the school wants to
punish her for it, then I guess I’ll have to figure out how
The mum added that she wasn’t blaming her daughter’s teachers
(”who are incredible”), but just feels the system isn’t
working for her child.
“I can’t watch her unravel anymore and be filled with so much
stress at age 10,” she added.
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The post has had more than 12,500 shares in two days. Many
parents commented that they agreed with Laditan’s stance on
“I wholeheartedly agree,” one person wrote. “I support this
100%. My son worries if his homework isn’t up to scratch.
They need time to have fun, enjoy family and relax.”
Another person commented: “As a child psychologist, I’d like
to say thank you for being brave in taking this stance, and
standing up for what you know to be the right choice for your
“You’re modelling so many positive values that go beyond
In April 2016, thousands of parents in the UK called on the
education secretary to drop the SATs tests
children take in Year 2 to “let kids be kids”.
The petition was started by a group of parents who felt the
tests were too difficult and putting children under
“We really are just a few parents fed up of endless
complaining about the education policies affecting our young
children,” a spokesperson for the campaign told
HuffPost UK at the time.
“We all felt that fellow parents in the school yard were at a
complete loss as to what to do to fight back and have their
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