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Why fed is best – for everyone

Why fed is best – for everyone

The two words I needed to hear

The two words I needed to hear

Share the love this Ramadan

Share the love this Ramadan

Why I’m putting down my phone while feeding my baby

Why I’m putting down my phone while feeding my baby

Sleep advice for mums of newborns (yeah, right)

Sleep advice for mums of newborns (yeah, right)

What’s in a name: The power (and perils) of baby names

What’s in a name: The power (and perils) of baby names

Bring the Meal Monsters into your kitchen!

Bring the Meal Monsters into your kitchen!

Six to try: where kids eat free in Dubai

Six to try: where kids eat free in Dubai

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Five podcasts to get you into podcasts

  Feel a bit left out of all the online chatter about podcasts, but don’t know where to start? Dubai is the perfect city to listen to them (eg lots of time in the car…) and with literally thousands out there to try, with a bit of exploring you’ll find exactly what you need to […]


Five of the best Ramadan dresses

As the Holy Month draws to a close, there’s still time to enjoy Ramadan parties with family and friends. F&F‘s collection is full of gorgeous dresses to make sure you celebrate in style. And they’re all under Dhs200! Here are my favourites… Tropical dress, Dhs189 Scallop hem lace dress, Dhs189 Floral dress, Dhs189   Scallop […]


Sorted: 10 ways to organise your children’s artwork

Mel Carruthers, busy mum and founder of Dubai-based website More Organised, shares her expert advice for storing, saving and, gifting your little Pollack’s pieces   The end of term beckons, and all around Dubai, art folders are being brought proudly home. But add these to the paintings, crafts and drawings created at home, and you […]


  • only child

Please stop asking when I’m having another baby

  It started when Phoebe was around six months old, and if we were in ancient times when popping a baby out once a year made sense for practical purposes, I’d get it, but times have moved on… I know it’s the easy conversation piece ‘Thinking about another?’ ‘When are you having number two?’ ‘Getting broody […]


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Summer looks for little ones (and everything is under Dhs50)

    Why is it that whenever I go shopping I always end up buying three times as much for my toddler than I do myself? I have a few theories… a) I know what size she is. b) Children’s clothes are adorable. F&F‘s new summer range for little ones is full of super sweet […]


A dad’s view: what happened to adult conversation?

    A funny thing happened to the Family Farmer a couple of weeks ago. We caught up for dinner with some friends who also have children. We had some initial “how are you’s?” and then it changed. Our successes or failures, accomplishments and challenges as individuals immediately faded into insignificance. All of the conversation […]


5 must-haves for holidays with children

  The holidays are booked, the excitement is increasing, but have you packed everything you need for the flight and beyond? I haven’t. In total honest, my anxiety levels are going through the roof at the thought of… Flying alone with a toddler who wants to walk all the time/make friends/not watch television/really can’t be depended […]


A random act of kindness – the free Ramadan fridges

    A brilliant initiative has been set up across Dubai to ensure the city’s labourers have access to food to break their fast this Ramadan. It started with one fridge stocked with water and snacks for Iftar, and has quickly grown to a facebook group with more than 8,000 members and around 40 fridges […]


Tried and tested: Privilee beach club membership

UK-based readers, you might want to look away, as this is the very definition of a first world/Dubai problem being solved, thanks to new membership card Privilee. Please suspend your disbelief and pity, but we don’t have a pool at home. I know. Hearts bleeding everywhere. But it is a bit of a pain, especially […]


6 adorable Ramadan outfits for little girls

At this time of year there’s always a special occasion to enjoy,  from celebrating Ramadan with family to birthday parties and weddings, and F&F’s Ramadan collection for children has some lovely outfits (and seriously cute shoes!) to make sure your little girl is the best dressed at every event. It’s in store now, and here are a few of […]

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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