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#InIt… For my family

#InIt… For my family

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

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A year of blogging: what I’ve learnt

    Last night a flurry of LinkedIn messages arrived, congratulating me on my ‘work anniversary’. Baffled, I ignored them until my husband WhatsApped me, saying “One year of The Mothership! Well done!”. Ahhhhhh.   So yes, it has been a year since I started blogging – even if I didn’t realise it. A year […]


10 of the best: IKEA for kids

    Yesterday I was at the launch event for the new IKEA catalogue for 2017, where guests were not only treated to great food (seriously, try the new pulled salmon sandwich) but we were walked through the new products, even using virtual reality to make dinner in a digital kitchen. I know. Very cool. And […]


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 […]

ABOUT ME

the mothership

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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