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Why fed is best – for everyone

Why fed is best – for everyone

The two words I needed to hear

The two words I needed to hear

Share the love this Ramadan

Share the love this Ramadan

Why I’m putting down my phone while feeding my baby

Why I’m putting down my phone while feeding my baby

Sleep advice for mums of newborns (yeah, right)

Sleep advice for mums of newborns (yeah, right)

What’s in a name: The power (and perils) of baby names

What’s in a name: The power (and perils) of baby names

Bring the Meal Monsters into your kitchen!

Bring the Meal Monsters into your kitchen!

Six to try: where kids eat free in Dubai

Six to try: where kids eat free in Dubai

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20 lessons the first year of motherhood has taught me

This time last year it was my due date. In fact, this time last year I was in City Hospital, watching my husband eat chicken biryani while I was sick with nerves. And yes, I took a selfie to prove it. I went for a check-up and was told that our daughter’s heart rate was […]


Parenting with a hangover

On Friday night I had three hours of sleep. Not because the sprog was teething and I spent the night shovelling Calpol and camomile powder down her neck, but because I went out with a pal and had so many cocktails I thought I was 25 (and forgot there would be baby-related consequences). Dinner turned […]


A love letter to our nanny

Loreta came into our lives when I was six months pregnant. The sister of a friend’s nanny, she wasn’t happy with her current family for reasons too awful to go into (but needless to say she was paid badly, treated worse and hadn’t seen her passport in two years) so was looking for a new […]


How did we get here?

Do you ever, out of nowhere have one of those ‘how did I get here?’ moments where, suddenly, you take a step back, disappear into your head and try to make sense of that exact second in time? It happened to me today, as I was driving. It was almost like a realisation – I […]


How to travel without children

It’s the season where bloggers offer handy hints for heading home for Christmas with children in tow (here’s mine: iPad, spare clothes, giving baby to cabin crew), but after a long weekend sans famille to the UK, I feel some mothers might need some tips for travelling solo 1. Packing Just pack what you want. […]


The hardest morning of the week for working mums?

In the last week Phoebe has started two new things; waving, and pointing her finger. She often does them at the same time, looking like a sassy woman admonishing her wayward baby daddy on the Jerry Springer stage (“Aww hell no!”). In truth, I don’t think she really knows what waving means, and probably just […]


Four generations of love

I’ve been very fortunate to have known three loving grandparents in my life, with Grandma Jean (age 94) still going fairly strong. Well, her legs bother her, the doctors can’t get her heart medication right and she’s finally stopped fighting against the inevitable stair-lift to help her continue to live in her own house, but […]


Why you should adopt an older dog

A puppy’s smushed up face and cartoon eyes might make your ovaries explode, but an older dog can truly make a house a home. As we found out. November is Senior Dogs Month, but that’s every month at our house, where 10-year-old cocker spaniel Lizzie reigns supreme. And rightly so. She joined our family almost […]


You give me road rage: the 10 worst offenders on Dubai roads

I don’t use the C word often, but there are some real clowns on Dubai roads at the moment. Maybe I’m noticing it more because my baby is often on board, and with seriously precious cargo I feel a bit more vulnerable, it’s possible that the quality of driving is getting worse, or perhaps after […]


10 lessons I’ve learnt during weaning (so far)

Phoebe wasn’t interested in solid food until she was about six and a half months old. Before that we lovingly steamed and pureed various veg only for her to clamp her little month shut as the spoon approached. Then, during lunch one weekend, she wrestled a piece of baguette out of my hand (a carb […]

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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