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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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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 […]


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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 […]


10 things I *think* my toddler is telling me

At 15 months, Phoebe is a pretty typical toddler – we have a few words (dad, dog, duck…) but most of the time we need a baby whisperer to translate the pointing, shrieks and faces into instructions. You know, so we don’t both go mental. Frowning in the general direction of a table covered in […]


In praise of The Kiddie Cage

We have two dogs. They were in our lives long before the kiddie came along, and we were aware that while there might need to be a few changes, they certainly shouldn’t feel like they were being punished just because we decided to expand the family. Luckily, Phoebe isn’t a very light sleeper when it […]


Is this the darkest fear that every mum has?

  I’ve agonised over writing this, but think other mums might feel this fear too. The whole point of this blog is to open up honest discussions, and make us mums realise that we’re in it together – no matter what our differences, the fact that we’re all mothers joins us at our very core. We’re […]

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

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

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