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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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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 […]


4 to try – treat yourself with these cool tees for mums

There’s something about Thursdays that makes me want to shop – but going to mall is rarely appealing. After some serious scrolling on Instagram I’ve rounded up some of my favourite mum-themed tees and tops for your online purchasing pleasures, whether it’s for yourself, a fellow mum or a baby shower gift that isn’t for […]


Why mums shouldn’t feel bad about putting themselves first

I’ve had an eye-opening week on the health front. After feeling rubbish (tired, like ‘I could sleep right here’ tired, nauseous, weak and achy) for a while, I finally got myself to the doctor’s, promptly cried while explaining my symptoms, and was ordered for blood tests. I know what you’re thinking… I did a pregnancy […]


Pick of the week

From now on, every week (okay, when I remember and there’s something good to share) I’m going to be rounding up events, people, products and ideas to try. These will be totally honest – as per – and if anything has been given to me for free to review, it will clearly say. And just […]


A new recruitment scheme for working mums launches in Dubai

Don’t get me started on the issues facing working mums in the UAE. Okay, let me me have a little rant… From 45 days of maternity care to a gender pay gap that is frankly shocking for 2016, mothers are often on the back foot with many regionally-based companies. Add in the fact that part-time […]

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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