A (VERY) HONEST TAKE ON
LIVING, WORKING AND PARENTING IN DUBAI
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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The honest review: 2018 Honda Odyssey

  Since becoming a parent, my criteria for finding a family car has changed. Much like choosing a holiday destination, now it’s all about the kids, but not at the expense of our own enjoyment. For hotels, it’s about ease, entertainment, and safety – and when searching for a new car, it’s much the same. […]


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A plea to mothers: keep your children safe

  When you decide to bring a child into the world, as parents we silently make a vow, a promise to do everything in our power to protect, feed, shelter and educate them. To do our best for these little ones who need us, rely on us and trust us with all their heart.   […]


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How to survive flying with kids (and maybe even enjoy it)

  Now I’ve flown solo several times with a toddler and a baby I feel qualified to offer some advice to any parents who might be worried about flying with kids. And believe me I was worried too! Very. I had a horrible, nagging feeling about it, like I used to get when I had […]


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

September 9th is International First Aid Day, so I’ve teamed up with SST to offer one reader a training course worth AED350. It’s suitable for parents, nannies and caregivers, and covers all the skills you need to effectively care for sick or injured children, including CPR. Information is presented in a clear and straightforward format, with […]


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15% off Virgin Atlantic flights to London!

DISCOUNT ALERT! I’ve teamed up with Virgin Atlantic to offer my readers a huge 15% off flights to London, until the end of the year! Yes, that means Christmas in the UK for bargain prices, long weekends away and maybe a holiday to recover from the summer (I’ve just checked online and with the code […]


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What the Lush Sleepy phenomenon tells us about motherhood…

I’ve just covered my two-and-a-half year old in Lush’s body lotion, Sleepy. ‘Slathered’ might be a more accurate term, as she now smells like a lavender-soaked granny and is damper than an otter’s pocket. It’s the third night of us using this so-called wonder product, and I have to say that we haven’t noticed a […]


Oops I did it again – the truth about postpartum incontinence

    During my first pregnancy we attended a couples’ class for hypnobirthing and yoga for birth, where there was much talk of perineum massage (no, it’s not available at SensAsia Spa), and the pelvic floor.   One couple, who I’d describe as a bit ‘knit-your-own-yoghurt’ told the class that they’d bought a special gadget […]


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

    Long gone are the/my nights of flocking to whichever bar gave ladies the most sparkling rosé on a Tuesday night, spending the evening wearing the highest heels and flicking hair. These days if I’m getting together with friends I want three things: A chair (bar stools don’t count – they’re anxiety-inducing) Someone to […]


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Discovering baby-friendly Bali

  Bali is the stuff of Instagram dreams, all pools looking out over lush jungle, private villas, surfing on beautiful beaches, temples, waterfalls and sunsets. But how does that translate to a family holiday? Especially when you have a baby in tow? We visited Bali, flying from Dubai, this summer, with two-year-old Phoebe and four-month-old […]


Tried and tested: wedding dress dry cleaning by Champion Cleaners

  It’s coming up to three years since we got married, and we’re yet to have a wedding album made, and until this week, my wedding gown was still hanging up in my wardrobe, complete with grass stains and drink spills. Life gets in the way, doesn’t it? But with two daughters I got thinking. […]

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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