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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Five reasons why you should watch Dr Foster

Image courtesy of BBC. As autumn approaches, the TV offerings from the UK get better and better (well, they need to keep the public happy as days get shorter, wetter and colder, right?). While the majority is family-friendly enjoyable fluff – or sequins, if Strictly is your cup of tea – sometimes you need a […]


Hey husband, what’s the hurry?

As a rule, I think it’s fair to say that men are more competitive than women. Let’s say it’s the testosterone – or maybe the ego? Either way, my husband is on something of a mission when it comes to our daughter’s development, whereas I don’t really give a hoot at this young age. At […]


Playing The Baby Card

I get a lot of emails. This isn’t bragging, as most of them are garbage – press releases sent to every magazine under the sun regardless of relevance, messages from mailing lists long forgotten (or desired) and invites. Loads of those. Invitations to the opening of a new clinic in Al Ain, the re-launch of […]


11 breast-feeding must-haves

When I gave birth earlier this year I was keen to breastfeed, but was prepared that it might not happen. I’d had a reduction in 2011 and feared it might have compromised the milk ducts, and there was really nothing I could do about it. As it happened, my supply was a little low, and […]


Has having a baby made me better at my job?

A few months ago, before the summer, which feels like last decade, I received an email. It was from a lovely woman called Claire who I met via twitter, and she was asking me to speak at a ‘power breakfast’ for women in September, on a topic of my choice, for around half an hour. […]


Brunch – before and after having a baby

For the uninitiated, brunch in Dubai is unlike brunch anywhere else in the world. Forget Eggs Benedict and a mimosa while watching the world go by in a chic New York neighbourhood, say au revoir to strong coffee and fresh pastries at a Paris cafe, you can even dismiss an English fry up and mug […]


Bringing Barbie back

I was a lucky little girl for many reasons, but the one that meant the most when I was a child was the fact I had three sets of Barbies (and a few Kens) at home, my Grandma’s house and my Nana’s house. My favourite outfit was a flowing coral evening dress made from chiffon […]


Things that made me cry in the first six months of motherhood

It’s a very hormonal time. From early pregnancy to finding my feet as a new mum, emotions have been somewhat shaky (huge, huge understatement) over the last year or so, as my poor husband will testify. I could probably cry now, if you asked me nicely. This is not a complete list: Sheer exhaustion. Frustration at […]


Five signs you need a Dubai detox

I don’t know about you, but every two months or so I have what I call ‘a Dubai wobble’. Much like when I need my hair cut and decide one morning that I must have my fringe chopped IMMEDIATELY, the Dubai wobble sneaks up on you, then suddenly you realise you gotta get out of […]


How Oprah saved my sanity

Before our daughter was born I hadn’t been around babies much. This was a major worry for me. Many of my friends have big families with yards of cousins, nieces and nephews, but we’re a smaller clan. And while friends at home have started breeding, they’re thousands of miles away. I was, in short, clueless. We […]

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.

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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.

 

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