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How to… keep kids happy in the car

How to… keep kids happy in the car

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

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

10 reasons families should visit the Ripe Market at Al Barsha Pond Park

10 reasons families should visit the Ripe Market at Al Barsha Pond Park

Dos and don’ts for car seat safety (and where to buy one for AED118)

Dos and don’ts for car seat safety (and where to buy one for AED118)

The honest review: 2018 Honda Odyssey

The honest review: 2018 Honda Odyssey

A plea to mothers: keep your children safe

A plea to mothers: keep your children safe

How to survive flying with kids (and maybe even enjoy it)

How to survive flying with kids (and maybe even enjoy it)

What the Lush Sleepy phenomenon tells us about motherhood…

What the Lush Sleepy phenomenon tells us about motherhood…

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FREE downloadable 2017 family wall planner!

  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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How to… keep kids happy in the car

  We’ve all had those days – the kids won’t get into the car, don’t want to be buckled up, and then spend the whole trip crying, whining or worse. Whether it’s a five-minute or five-hour journey, your nerves will be jangled, and your day feels ruined. Therefore, I am proud to be partnering with […]


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

    Of all the motherhood myths (‘breastfeeding comes naturally’, ‘you’ll sleep when the baby sleeps’, ‘breastfeeding makes the weight fall off’ etc etc) the one that can do the most damage to new mums is that it’s love at first sight when your baby is born. There’s an instant bond.   You lovingly stroke […]


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10 reasons families should visit the Ripe Market at Al Barsha Pond Park

    After over a decade in Dubai I feel fiercely protective over the city I now call home. One of its biggest criticisms I hear, both here and from abroad, is that the shopping is all big brands, in malls, and zero personality. And that’s simply not true. You just need to know where […]


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Dos and don’ts for car seat safety (and where to buy one for AED118)

  Due to the recent law change, UAE drivers must now ensure that all passengers wear seat belts, and children are in appropriate car seats. Failure to do so, will result in AED400 fines, and black points on your license. This means buckling up in the back for all journeys, no matter how short, or […]


The honest review: 2018 Honda Odyssey

  Since becoming a parent, my criteria for finding a family car has changed. Much like choosing a holiday destination, now it’s all about the kids, but not at the expense of our own enjoyment. For hotels, it’s about ease, entertainment, and safety – and when searching for a new car, it’s much the same. […]


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A plea to mothers: keep your children safe

  When you decide to bring a child into the world, as parents we silently make a vow, a promise to do everything in our power to protect, feed, shelter and educate them. To do our best for these little ones who need us, rely on us and trust us with all their heart.   […]


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How to survive flying with kids (and maybe even enjoy it)

  Now I’ve flown solo several times with a toddler and a baby I feel qualified to offer some advice to any parents who might be worried about flying with kids. And believe me I was worried too! Very. I had a horrible, nagging feeling about it, like I used to get when I had […]


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Win a pediatric first aid course from Safety Skills Training Worldwide!

September 9th is International First Aid Day, so I’ve teamed up with SST to offer one reader a training course worth AED350. It’s suitable for parents, nannies and caregivers, and covers all the skills you need to effectively care for sick or injured children, including CPR. Information is presented in a clear and straightforward format, with […]


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15% off Virgin Atlantic flights to London!

DISCOUNT ALERT! I’ve teamed up with Virgin Atlantic to offer my readers a huge 15% off flights to London, until the end of the year! Yes, that means Christmas in the UK for bargain prices, long weekends away and maybe a holiday to recover from the summer (I’ve just checked online and with the code […]


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What the Lush Sleepy phenomenon tells us about motherhood…

I’ve just covered my two-and-a-half year old in Lush’s body lotion, Sleepy. ‘Slathered’ might be a more accurate term, as she now smells like a lavender-soaked granny and is damper than an otter’s pocket. It’s the third night of us using this so-called wonder product, and I have to say that we haven’t noticed a […]

ABOUT ME

the mothership

I’m Helen Farmer, an editor and journalist, mum to 2-year-old Phoebe and baby 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 online, 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 2017 family wall planner!

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How to… keep kids happy in the car

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

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10 reasons families should visit the Ripe Market at Al Barsha Pond Park

    After over a decade in Dubai I feel fiercely protective over the city I now call home. One of its
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Dos and don’ts for car seat safety (and where to buy one for AED118)

  Due to the recent law change, UAE drivers must now ensure that all passengers wear seat belts, and children are
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The honest review: 2018 Honda Odyssey

  Since becoming a parent, my criteria for finding a family car has changed. Much like choosing a holiday destination, now
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A plea to mothers: keep your children safe

  When you decide to bring a child into the world, as parents we silently make a vow, a promise to
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How to survive flying with kids (and maybe even enjoy it)

  Now I’ve flown solo several times with a toddler and a baby I feel qualified to offer some advice to
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Win a pediatric first aid course from Safety Skills Training Worldwide!

September 9th is International First Aid Day, so I’ve teamed up with SST to offer one reader a training course worth
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