A (VERY) HONEST TAKE ON
LIVING, WORKING AND PARENTING IN DUBAI
Win a pediatric first aid course from Safety Skills Training Worldwide!

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

15% off Virgin Atlantic flights to London!

15% off Virgin Atlantic flights to London!

What the Lush Sleepy phenomenon tells us about motherhood…

What the Lush Sleepy phenomenon tells us about motherhood…

Oops I did it again – the truth about postpartum incontinence

Oops I did it again – the truth about postpartum incontinence

Five to try: ladies’ nights (that actually feed you)

Five to try: ladies’ nights (that actually feed you)

Discovering baby-friendly Bali

Discovering baby-friendly Bali

Tried and tested: wedding dress dry cleaning by Champion Cleaners

Tried and tested: wedding dress dry cleaning by Champion Cleaners

7 things to love about the new Bugaboo Bee 5

7 things to love about the new Bugaboo Bee 5

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A thank you letter to my husband, for solo parenting this weekend

  Hi husband,   I was nervous to ask you to be in charge for 48 hours. Not because you’re incapable of looking after our daughter (far from it, when I had a tear-soaked four days away for my grandma’s funeral you smashed it), but because I felt like I was taking liberties. The mum […]


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A photoshoot with a real difference

About a month ago Jen from Pynkbyrd got in touch with me, asking if she could ‘tell the story’ of my family in ‘everyday moments’. No lighting, no styling, no posing – just honest imagery. A photoshoot with a photojournalist. After looking at her portfolio I leapt at the chance. Jen’s photos are heartbreakingly real, capturing […]


  • F&F fashion

10 of the best summer essentials

  Whether you’re staying in the UAE or travelling further afield, the summer is a great excuse to go shopping and liven up your wardrobe with some new trends – hello cropped tops (not one for me, sadly) – or add some modern classics.   I’ve had a sneak peek at UK brand F&F‘s new […]


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The unexpected benefit of baby brain

  Before I got pregnant I’d heard the term ‘baby brain’ and thought, “Nah, not for me thanks. I very much have my mind shiz together, and no tiny human is going to change that”. I didn’t even really think it was… real. It sounds cute though, doesn’t it? As though suddenly a mummy’s head […]


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Saving for education in Dubai – how to get ahead of the game

  Frankly, when I look at school fees in Dubai my heart sinks, and I romanticise the little village school I attended. For free. The cost of education here can be a real tipping point for many families, and a reason they head ‘home’ earlier than they’d like – especially once those high school expenses […]


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Daddy who? The sexist world of our children’s stories

  Father of two Andy Buchan is a bit fed up with the sexist gender stereotypes in his daughter’s books…   Lyla, our eldest at 2, loves books. Like, they’re literally her favourite thing – apart from Leo at nursery, but we don’t talk about that, mainly as I start imagining what sort of shotgun […]


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7 ‘little’ wins for mums of toddlers

    Of course, our adorable children are a constant source of smiles (ahem), but since becoming a mum there are little wins, tiny pockets of pleasure, that I never could have predicted. All aboard the happy bus…   Finding an episode of Peppa Pig that I haven’t seen Much like (pre-baby) stumbling over a […]


  • working mum

A letter from your busy working mum

  Dearest sprog, I’m sorry, kid. I’m sorry that since leaving “full-time” employment to have more time with you (remember, that was the plan?) I seem to be working more than ever – still part-time at my job, on big, exciting projects I felt I couldn’t turn down, and gabbing away on the radio (something that requires […]


THREE TO TRY: new children’s stores in Dubai you’ll love

  A trio of adorable independent stores in Dubai to get your heart aflutter, from feel-good clothes, to versatile furniture 1. Nos Nos I fell for this company before I even saw the products; their branding is gorgeous. And the clothes, toys and accessories don’t disappoint. Co-founded by Dubai-based mums Sandra, who has a MBA and […]


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WIN! 20 party bags from Party Camel

To celebrate the new look for The Mothership I’ve teamed up with the lovely, creative folks over at Party Camel to treat you guys to a prize to make life just that little bit easier. Want to win? Many of us mums (and dads) have to turn into Events & Entertainment Director when it comes […]

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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