We enhance spiritual and emotional intelligence in children by providing psychospiritual and trauma-informed courses, mentorship, and reflective sessions to pregnant families and parents or caregivers of typically and atypically developing children ages zero to five.
Meet Dr. Temitope Michael-Olaniran
Thank you for taking the time to explore LittleOnes. I am a Developmental, Individual-Differences, Relationship-based Model (DIR®) practitioner, Certified New Parent Educator (CNPE), trained postpartum doula, U.S Army veteran, an author, mom mentor, speaker, #boymom, and wife. I am on a mission to help families raise spiritually and emotionally intelligent children. I use my lived experience, research, evidence-based practices, and a heart overflowing with love to support families.
I enjoy traveling, educating families, and spending time with my little family in Georgia. We most likely have one or two things in common, and I am excited to meet you.
- PhD in Infant and Early Childhood Development with an emphasis in Mental Health and Developmental Disorders | Concentrations: DIR/Floortime® and Reflective Practice | Fielding Graduate University
- M.A. Infant and Early Childhood Development | Fielding Graduate University
- M.A. International Relations | University of Oklahoma
- Master of Human Relations | University of Oklahoma
- BSc. in Psychology with a minor in Biology | University of Maryland University College
- Certification in Human Resources | University of Oklahoma
- Facilitate co-regulation and self-regulation
- Promote secure-attachment and mindful parenting
Do you want to give a unique gift to mothers and families in your organization or community? Enroll them in LittleOnes Academy or invite Dr. Temi to speak at your corporate seminars and workshops to address spirituality, maternal health, mental health, and early childhood development.
- Using spirituality for mental health
- How to reduce maternal stress and ease maternal postpartum transition to work
- How to raise spiritually and emotionally intelligent children
- How to reduce the risk for developmental disorders and delays
- How to support mothers at risk for perinatal psychological illnesses
The LittleOnes Story
Baby blues, loneliness, past experiences, and a strong feeling of incompetency almost interfered with my ability to bond with my first little one. I remember not wanting to kiss my first little one before he was taken away for his first major procedure. Giving one’s newborn a kiss should come naturally, but it did not. At that moment, I wanted to deny my innocent little one a kiss because I was hurting. I was emotionally unprepared for motherhood.
Subconsciously, my birth experience and past traumatic experiences were beginning to affect my ability to bond. I feared losing my little one just like I had lost my parents and grandparents. Consequently, emotional withdrawal was my coping mechanism. I wanted my little one alive, but I did not want to miss him if anything goes wrong. I loved him and desired the best for him, yet I was holding back. Education, spirituality, and social-emotional support changed my situation.
While providing behavior therapy for children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disorders, I had deep conversations with parents about their challenges and journey. Parents suggested that postpartum depression, lack of knowledge and emotional support, late diagnosis, and being placed on a therapy waitlist were stressors and factors that adversely impacted their children’s development. These interactions and my personal experience stirred up a passion for perinatal mental health, parent education, and infant and early childhood mental health.
Motherhood enhanced my spiritual experience, Hence I founded Christian Mommas, a non-profit organization providing psychospiritual education and mentorship to support mothers. As a content partner with YouVersion, the Bible App, I write devotionals and studies that provide spiritual and emotional support with a Biblical worldview. Inspired by my military service in the U.S. Army, my first book, A Christian Mothers Creed calls mothers to think like soldiers and fight passionately like mothers.
I will be honored by the privilege to be a part of your perinatal journey or support you as you navigate the early years of parenting