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Why we need to get real about parenthood

Why we need to get real about parenthood

How should we parent in the digital age?

How should we parent in the digital age?

FREE downloadable family wall planner for 2019

FREE downloadable family wall planner for 2019

Nanny or nursery? Finding childcare in Dubai

Nanny or nursery? Finding childcare in Dubai

#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

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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 […]


WIN! Get your wine on with Cheers

  It’s no secret that I enjoy a refreshing beverage (or three) at the end of a long week/day/tantrum, so this week I’m raising a glass to the clever bunch at The Entertainer. Their new product Cheers is packed with buy-one-get-one free deals on drinks – including cocktails, whole bottles of wine, and buckets of […]


Be a pal? Vote for me?

  I learnt a few weeks ago that I’d been shortlisted in the Stylist Arabia ‘social media awards’, which was more than a little mind-blowing because: a) I only set The Mothership up last year and b) I still don’t really know what I’m doing…. Truthfully, the last year has been a wild one, with […]


What my daughter taught me before 8am this morning

After breakfast Phoebe and I loaded up the buggy and walked to the beach, the air still fresh and the skies clear. As we turned out of the gate I saw her strain to look at two labourers walking on the opposite side of the road, her tiny face breaking into a toothy smile and […]


Work/life balance for mums – try these simple exercises

  Last week I held a workshop in work/life balance (WLB from hereon in because I’ve had a long day), with expert Zeta Yarwood sharing her insights and advice – did you really think I’d be the expert on that?! Zeta talked twelve working mums, who were a truly lovely bunch, with jobs ranging from author […]

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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