The note every kid wishes their mum would write

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One of our favourite mums is back and this time she's told her daughter's teacher that she's done with homework.

Bunmi Laditan, the woman behind the hugely successful The Honest Toddler, wrote a letter to her 10-year-old daughter Maya's teachers saying she was "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 wrote in the letter.

"She's not behind academically and very much enjoys school.

"We've consulted with a tutor and a therapist suggest we lighten her workload.

"Doing 2-3 hours of homework after getting home from school at 4.30 is leaving little time for her to just be a child and enjoy family time and we'd like to avoid her sinking into a depression over this."

Bunmi posted the letter on her Facebook page where she wrote further on her objections to homework.

"My kid is done with homework," she wrote.


"I just sent an email to her school letting her know she's all done.

"I said "drastically reduce" but I was trying to be polite because she's finished."

She explained how her daughter loves reading, loves to do independent research into topics she's interested in, takes coding classes and loves painting, but has become increasingly stressed by the amount of homework she has been set each night.

"How does homework until 6.30, then dinner, then an hour to relax (or finish homework) before bed make any sense?" she said.

"Is family time not important? 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 do not need hours of homework time to succeed yet we act like sitting at a kitchen table after a full day at school somehow makes sense. It does not. IT DOES NOT. IT. DOES. NOT."

She went on to say if the school wanted to punish her child for not doing homework then she'd have to look into homeschool options, as she no longer wanted to see her daughter suffer from any further stress.

"We all want our children to grow up and succeed in the world, " she wrote.

"While I believe in education, I don't believe for one second that academics should consume a child's life.

"I don't care if she goes to Harvard one day. I just want her to be intelligent, well-rounded, kind, inspired, charitable, spiritual, and have balance in her life.

"I want her to be mentally and emotionally healthy. I want her to know that work is not life, it's part of life.

"Work will not fulfill you. It will not keep you warm – family, friends, community, giving back, and being a good person do that."

Her post struck a nerve with parents everywhere with 51,000 people liking her post and nearly 12,000 sharing it with others.

She made it clear in the comments section that she in no way blamed her daughter's teachers.

"They're incredible and I know they have to do things in a certain way," she said.

"This system just isn't working for my family or my child. I can't watch her unravel anymore and be filled with so much stress at age 10."

There's been no update regarding the school's reaction, yet.