Published: Fri, April 28, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Mum Tells Teachers Her Daughter Is "Done" With Homework in Bold Email

Mum Tells Teachers Her Daughter Is

On Tuesday, mom and blogger Bunmi Laditan posted a screenshot of an email she sent to her daughter Maya's teachers on Facebook.

On April 25, Quebec-based American blogger, Bunmi Laditan, shared on Facebook the honest email she wrote to the school.

In a screenshot of the letter attached to the post, Ms. Laditan talks about how the stress of school has resulted in Maya waking up at 4 am in the morning with chest pains and constantly worrying about homework. I want her to know that work is not life, it's part of life. I also have a three-year-old who only goes to preschool two mornings a week.

Bunmi's daughter already does plenty of extra-curricular work: "She takes coding classes, loves painting, and likes something called Roblox that I don't fully understand".

Many others have praised Ms. Laditan for recognizing that academic success is not the only thing important for a child's development.

If you're thinking that Bunmi is criticizing her daughter's teachers, think again. Apparently, her daughter was stressed about the workload she was forced to do every night and wasn't able to enjoy being a kid. Many supported her move, arguing that school work for kids is becoming heavier. They need to play with their siblings. "Or should she become some kind of junior workaholic at 10 years old?" she writes. They need to bond with their parents in a relaxed atmosphere, not one where everyone is stressed about fractions, ' Bunmi says in the impassioned post, which so far has received almost 16,000 shares and thousands of supportive comments from fellow exasperated parents.

"Instantly it was a weight off her shoulders", she says, adding that she has not yet received much response back from her daughter's private school about her note.

Adding, "I want her to be mentally and emotionally healthy".

"As a child psychologist, I'd like to say: THANK YOU for being courageous in taking this stance, and standing up for what you know to be the right choice for your daughter!" one user wrote. But going forward, this is a homework-free household and I don't care who knows it. Work will not fulfill you.

Do children need extra work to do when they get home from school?

And if kids don't experience that downtime their developing brains need, then it can actually hurt them in the long run.

Her opinion has attracted thousands of comments, with many people agreeing with her, including other parents and teachers. When it seems as if the stack of worksheets, book reports and diorama projects (remember those?) are piling up too early in your child's academic career, it's natural to question the system.

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