A (VERY) HONEST TAKE ON
LIVING, WORKING AND PARENTING IN DUBAI
Win a pediatric first aid course from Safety Skills Training Worldwide!

Win a pediatric first aid course from Safety Skills Training Worldwide!

15% off Virgin Atlantic flights to London!

15% off Virgin Atlantic flights to London!

What the Lush Sleepy phenomenon tells us about motherhood…

What the Lush Sleepy phenomenon tells us about motherhood…

Oops I did it again – the truth about postpartum incontinence

Oops I did it again – the truth about postpartum incontinence

Five to try: ladies’ nights (that actually feed you)

Five to try: ladies’ nights (that actually feed you)

Discovering baby-friendly Bali

Discovering baby-friendly Bali

Tried and tested: wedding dress dry cleaning by Champion Cleaners

Tried and tested: wedding dress dry cleaning by Champion Cleaners

7 things to love about the new Bugaboo Bee 5

7 things to love about the new Bugaboo Bee 5

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A white wedding (with a pregnant bride)

As the anniversary of our ‘big’ wedding is tomorrow, I wanted to share this article from Bride Club ME, which appeared online a few weeks after. We were legally married the previous Christmas Eve, and I got pregnant (a very happy accident) in between, so was seven months gone as I walked/waddled down the aisle […]


Making memories

I’m a few kilos off pre-pregnancy weight and WAY off where I want to be, but is that going to stop me having photos taken in swimwear the first time Phoebe goes in the sea? Umm… NO.


The great push present debate

When my mum gave birth to me (after nine reportedly awful months of pregnancy then 24 hours of hell) my dad gave her a Phil Collins cassette. I don’t think this went down terribly well. The concept of a push present 30-odd years ago was unheard of, however, so I think he did okay. Fast forward […]


10 thoughts you have during a Flywheel class

I’ve been doing Flywheel on and off for the last three years (eg I stopped when I was pregnant – any excuse – and when I’m skint it’s a bit of a luxury) and love to hate it. For the uninitiated, it’s basically spinning, but in a pitch black room, with amazing music and a […]



My little black book of Dubai

After nearly nine years in Dubai (HOW?) I’ve tried and tested a lot of services from the good and bad to the very ugly – never forget my Alistair Darling eyebrows after a heavy-handed tint – and am often asked for recommendations. To save repetition, I thought it would be useful to share my little […]


10 things to take to hospital when you give birth in Dubai

Here in the UAE we’re pretty lucky when it comes to the maternity ward – mums get to enjoy private rooms, en-suite bathrooms, movies on demand and more. But what essentials can you take to make the birth a little easier? Apart from drugs, of course. 1. For the baby Most hospitals will provide nappies […]


In praise of The Pajero Blowdry AKA how to save time in the morning

On the scale from Slummy to Yummy, I definitely flounder at the more slovenly end of the scale. And that’s ok. I’m not one of those women who gets their hair done every week. I wish I was. But a) I can’t justify the cost (haircuts are weirdly something I really resent spending money on […]


Baby products you don’t need (and a few you might)

In the run up to our daughter being born I turned into a shopaholic, my hormone-laden logic being that if we had enough stuff, everything would be fine. I inexplicably became obsessed with Dr Brown bottles, buying them by the armload, and scoured online forums for lists of ‘must-haves for newborns’ convinced that there must […]


Fear of flying (with a baby)

I used to enjoy travelling. Seven hours direct to Newcastle (thankyouverymuch for that route Emirates) would involve a few films, a few drinks and zero chat – apart from one hideous journey when a man started chatting to me at the gate, only to sit next to me on the plane, and talked endlessly about […]

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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