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LIVING, WORKING AND PARENTING IN DUBAI
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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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 […]


  • Family Photography Dubai

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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  • husband and daughter

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 […]

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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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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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

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

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