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My little black book: 2018 edition

My little black book: 2018 edition

Stranger danger and tricky people

Stranger danger and tricky people

Party time at Mattel Play Town

Party time at Mattel Play Town

FOUND: A mattress for you – and your bump!

FOUND: A mattress for you – and your bump!

FREE downloadable family wall planner for 2018!

FREE downloadable family wall planner for 2018!

How to give up the dummy (for dummies)

How to give up the dummy (for dummies)

Truth time: it took me six months to bond with my baby

Truth time: it took me six months to bond with my baby

The honest review: 2018 Honda Odyssey

The honest review: 2018 Honda Odyssey

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FREE downloadable family wall planner for 2018!

  Confession time: I mock my husband A LOT for his planning. He’s the king of Excel, with our holidays, family meet-ups and more, all plotted out in colour-coded glory. But guess what? It works. So that shuts me up. Last year he created a huge (A0) wall planner for our kitchen, and it helped […]


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My little black book: 2018 edition

    I first wrote down my recommendations for everything from handymen to hairdressers more than two years ago. Times changes, people leave, new experts arrive, and it’s time for an update.     Over the last eleven years I’ve tried and tested a lot of services from the good and bad to the very […]


Stranger danger and tricky people

Stranger danger. That was the phrase growing up that we were taught (and it rhymed, so that helps). But I’ve felt uncomfortable with the concept of telling my kids that all strangers are ‘bad’ people who can’t be trusted. The majority aren’t. Over the weekend, a man approached Phoebe in a hotel lobby and tried […]


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Party time at Mattel Play Town

    I was conflicted about having a party for Phoebe’s third birthday – the hassle of invites, food, party bags, entertainment, chit-chat with other parents, the (very real) threat of a tantrum as a result of too much cake and attention. In honesty, I very nearly didn’t bother.   But she’s friends with a […]


Dos and don’ts for winning at Valentine’s Day

    It might just be another Wednesday to you, but your lady might have other ideas on February 14th.  Here’s one for the men in your life to read…   Don’t – forget Let’s warm up with an easy one. Pick up your phone, go to the calendar, select February 14th and set an […]


FOUND: A mattress for you – and your bump!

    Aside from the nausea, breakouts and bloating, the biggest complaint I hear from pregnant women is the sleeplessness. Surely this should kick in AFTER the baby is born?! But no, for many of us – myself included – uncomfortable nights become one of the most upsetting parts of pregnancy. After a long day […]


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7 to see: my family-friendly picks of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

  The highlight of every bookworm’s calendar is only seven weeks away! The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (or ‘lit fest’ as everyone calls it) is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and is bringing together authors, illustrators, agents and avid readers for 10 days of top-class events. Think workshops, meet and greets, talks and […]


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What I want for Christmas, by Tabitha, age nearly 10 months

  Dear Santa,   Here’s the dilemma, big man, I can’t talk yet, so my parents are having to guess what I’d like to find under the tree. Also, I have an older sister and they seem to have bought her ALL the stuff. They’re uninspired, I can tell. I saw the lady them looking […]


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How to give up the dummy (for dummies)

    I was one of those parents who would never give my baby a dummy. This was before I had children, of course.   But by week two of my first daughter’s life I was off to the pharmacy, willing to try anything that would stop the mewling, stretch out her feeding and give […]


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FOUND! The ultimate UAE gifts from Yislamoo

    As holiday season approaches, many of us are left scratching our heads, panic buying and over-spending on presents that don’t hit the mark.   My husband and I have a long-standing tradition of buying each other prints for special occasions (though we also have a bad habit of taking them to the framers […]

ABOUT ME

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I’m Helen Farmer, an editor and journalist, mum to 3-year-old Phoebe and one-year-old Tabitha, wife to Nick and a mummy blogger in Dubai (even though I don’t really identify as one, but I blog, and I’m a mum, so there you go). I’ve been living in the Middle East for the last 10 years, working in books, magazines and broadcasting, shedding some light on the good and bad of life, work and motherhood in the UAE.

ABOUT THE BLOG

The Mothership is for you if you’re a busy, active mum who can’t stand small talk, bad info and twee blogs that make out that mothering is all unicorns and rose petals, instead of admitting that you can love your child so much it terrifies you – while still wanting a night in alone watching The Great British Bake Off with a double G&T or a night out pretending you don’t have children.

 

Time Out Dubai Kids Awards 2016 - Winner - Parent Blog of 2016

 

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FREE downloadable family wall planner for 2018!

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My little black book: 2018 edition

    I first wrote down my recommendations for everything from handymen to hairdressers more than two years ago. Times changes, people
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Stranger danger and tricky people

Stranger danger. That was the phrase growing up that we were taught (and it rhymed, so that helps). But I’ve
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Party time at Mattel Play Town

    I was conflicted about having a party for Phoebe’s third birthday – the hassle of invites, food, party bags, entertainment,
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Dos and don’ts for winning at Valentine’s Day

    It might just be another Wednesday to you, but your lady might have other ideas on February 14th.  Here's one
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    Aside from the nausea, breakouts and bloating, the biggest complaint I hear from pregnant women is the sleeplessness. Surely this
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7 to see: my family-friendly picks of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

  The highlight of every bookworm’s calendar is only seven weeks away! The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (or ‘lit fest’
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What I want for Christmas, by Tabitha, age nearly 10 months

  Dear Santa,   Here’s the dilemma, big man, I can’t talk yet, so my parents are having to guess what I’d like
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