Umi Briefs

  • Baby talk

    Baby talk

    Supporting mums in Africa and diaspora with information, connection, and community needed to care for themselves and their little ones. The conversation around baby talk is sort of all over the place. There are lots of arguments against using baby talk with kids while some researchers feel that it is actually very helpful in speech…

  • Why should I continue to read/learn about parenting?

    Why should I continue to read/learn about parenting?

    Supporting mums in Africa and diaspora with information, connection, and community needed to care for themselves and their little ones. Africans are the strongest and toughest people I know. And I may be biased because I am African, but I revere the strength and the tenacity of Africans. African mums are even more exceptional. And…

  • Attributes to encourage in your kids

    Attributes to encourage in your kids

    Supporting mums in Africa and diaspora with information, connection, and community needed to care for themselves and their little ones. Everything we do (or don’t do) leaves an impression on our kids. They are blank slates upon which history can be re-written, new paths can be created and hopefully better outcomes are imprinted. This is…

  • Loving your skin tone

    Loving your skin tone

    Supporting mums in Africa and diaspora with information, connection, and community needed to care for themselves and their little ones. We have had stories of people-of-colour who are discriminated against because of the colour of their skin. I imagine that would be difficult for them and their families. And it really is so sad. It…

  • How did you wean your kid(s)?

    How did you wean your kid(s)?

    Response to a question from one Umi Mama A few things to reflect on One thing that we would like to know How did you wean your kid(s)? Well, this is for one of the mums in our community who is finding it a bit difficult to wean her 18 months old. I thought we…

  • Loving your kids on their terms

    Loving your kids on their terms

    Supporting mums in Africa and diaspora with information, connection, and community needed to care for themselves and their little ones. When I was going to get married to my partner, we read books, took some psychometric tests and asked to know and understand what our love languages were. If we wanted to be loved right…

  • Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

    Some self care tips Tomorrow is another valentine’s day. It is literally a global love day for all and sundry. Yes, it is an opportunity for partners to shower love, gifts and affection on one another some more (You hear that, Temi? Catch your sub o 😒). However, it is also a good excuse for…

  • Who is your biggest influence?

    Who is your biggest influence?

    Supporting mums in Africa and diaspora with information, connection, and community needed to care for themselves and their little ones. A few things to reflect on One thing to ask yourself Who is my biggest influence? What we claim to be who we are is an accumulation of influences and experiences. Those can be in…

  • My kid are embarrassing me!

    My kid are embarrassing me!

    Dealing with temper tantrums Am I the only one whose kid seems to be well behaved at home but chooses to embarrass me in public with temper tantrums? I cannot be the only one whose kid is like that. I mean, she easily just complies with whatever we tell her to do and the ones…

  • Who comes first; my spouse or my kids?

    Who comes first; my spouse or my kids?

    Supporting mums in Africa and diaspora with information, connection, and community needed to care for themselves and their little ones. Today’s newsletter was going to be a very straightforward road. One where I give you facts and findings in research on why you should never love your kids more than your husband. But as I…