A mum just declared her 10-year-old is done with homework. For good.

Concerned by the growing pile of homework her daughter was forced to get through every night, one mum has officially made her house a homework-free zone.

Bunmi Laditan, an American author living in Quebec, Canada, wrote a letter to her 10-year-old daughter’s school to inform teachers she would not be completing any more homework.

“I said “drastically reduce” but I was trying to be polite because she’s finished,” Laditan said.

The mum-of-three wrote an impassioned Facebook post explaining her position with the email to the school attached – and judging by the more than 11,000 shares and 5000 comments since it was uploaded Wednesday, it’s a hot button issue among parents.

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Laditan, who writes parenting books, said her decision was based on the hours her daughter, Maya, was spending working through her homework each night and the stress it was causing her.

The author said her daughter “loves learning” and reads books, researches topics that interest her and writes stories.

“But over the past four years I’ve noticed her getting more and more stressed when it comes to school,” she said.

“And by stressed I mean chest pains, waking up early, and dreading school in general.

“Her dad (who is a very good behavioral therapist) and I have worked hard to reduce her stress, but there’s just too much work.”

Bunmi Laditan has banned homework for her daughter. (Image via Facebook.)

Laditan said her daughter's "two to three hours of homework to do every night" on top of her 8:15am-4pm school day left her with little time for anything else before bed.

"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 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, not one where everyone is stressed about fractions because - SURPRISE - I'm not a teacher."

The mum said she had reached the conclusion homework "does not make sense" and decided she would rather home-school Maya than leave her to carry on with her current workload.

"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 to homeschool," she said.

"I'll have to hire a tutor to help me and will need to find a group of parents doing the same thing, but I have no choice at this point."

The Toddlers are A**holes author said she wants her daughter to be "well-rounded" and to know that "work is not life, it's part of life".

"I suppose I'll hear from her school tomorrow. We have some decisions to make."

"But going forward, this is a homework-free household and I don't care who knows it. My kid needs to be a kid."

Of the thousands of parents who reacted to the post most were supportive of the mum's decision, with many parents and teachers sharing their own tales of reducing homework.

"As a fourth grade teacher and mama, I support this 100%. Over the course of the ten years I've been teaching, every year I've given a little less homework to my students," wrote one commenter.

Another woman said her child's teacher has sent home a note saying their students' only homework was to "go outside and play, have dinner with their family, and make memories".

In Australia, father and parenting expert, Dr Justin Coulson, made a pledge to ban homework for his children and sends a letter to their teachers every year.

You can read Bunmi Laditan's full post below.

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