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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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Making peace with my mum bod – for my daughter’s sake

    As my daughter was running around the house last night, stark naked, before her bath I caught myself thinking ‘She has my big feet, poor kid, I wonder if she’ll get my thighs, dodgy knees, the boobs that caused me so many years of embarrassment…’.   From the moment I found out I […]


Expat life: why you can’t go home again

    I have been an expat for nearly ten years, and this is the first summer I’ve been able to go ‘home’ to the UK for more than ten days. With a toddler in tow, we’ve spent the last six weeks bouncing between friends and family, planes, trains and automobiles – literally. Long car […]


The biggest regret about my pregnancy

  I fell pregnant by accident just over two years ago. ‘Fell’ pregnant felt so apt – I spiralled, head spinning, and ended up going to counselling to help me deal with this unexpected, life-changing news. Luckily I was in a loving relationship, married (just), and kids were on the cards, but after our big wedding, […]


Recommended summer reading (in 140 characters)

    Long gone are the weeks of lounging by the pool, reading for hours. These days if I want to get through a book it’s a case of grabbing 20 mins while our daughter naps, or reading myself to sleep, the Kindle falling from my hands or onto my face.   This summer I’ve […]


Don’t believe the horror stories: you can have a ‘good’ birth

If you believe TV and films, birth happens like this: Waters break in embarrassing scenario eg on the floor of a restaurant Labour hurts, so you do some exaggerated breathing while partner oafs about Rush to hospital, hilarity ensues as you get lost/nearly have baby in a taxi Enter comedy doctor A few pushes and […]


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10 travel essentials under Dhs100

  When it comes to travel, I’m of the mindset that there are some things you invest in (luggage, sunglasses, sun cream) and others that you just… don’t. Whether it’s a hat that you just wear for a week, or a maxi that you buy last minute for a spontaneous getaway, F&F‘s new summer collection […]


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11 signs you’re mum to a Dubai toddler

  If you’re mum to a toddler here in Dubai you’ll need this handy guide…   Long gone are the days of asking out-of-town guests to arrive laden down with wine (six bottles of Whispering Angel, please mum), now it’s all about Ella’s Kitchen pouches with meat, snacks from Organix and outfits from John Lewis. Extra […]


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 […]

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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