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LIVING, WORKING AND PARENTING IN DUBAI
How to… keep kids happy in the car

How to… keep kids happy in the car

Truth time: it took me six months to bond with my baby

Truth time: it took me six months to bond with my baby

10 reasons families should visit the Ripe Market at Al Barsha Pond Park

10 reasons families should visit the Ripe Market at Al Barsha Pond Park

Dos and don’ts for car seat safety (and where to buy one for AED118)

Dos and don’ts for car seat safety (and where to buy one for AED118)

The honest review: 2018 Honda Odyssey

The honest review: 2018 Honda Odyssey

A plea to mothers: keep your children safe

A plea to mothers: keep your children safe

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

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

What the Lush Sleepy phenomenon tells us about motherhood…

What the Lush Sleepy phenomenon tells us about motherhood…

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Why I’m putting down my phone while feeding my baby

  In the early days of breastfeeding it wasn’t unusual for me to have baby on boob for hours at a time, as she worked hard to increase my milk supply, the dreaded ‘cluster’ feeding (which no-one warned me about) dominating my day and night. I used this time to catch up on Facebook, scrolling […]


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Sleep advice for mums of newborns (yeah, right)

I get asked a lot about sleeping tips. Here’s my advice: you are pretty much powerless when it comes to the whim of a newborn. I had a strict bedtime routine with my first daughter (bath, massage, story, milk, leave the room while still awake) and it worked for us, but this little peach is […]


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What’s in a name: The power (and perils) of baby names

Let me set the scene. I’m currently 34 weeks pregnant with my second child, and freaking out. I’m reading a book called The Second Baby Survival Guide – and it’s doing nothing to soothe my anxieties. Everyone keeps asking how I am, if our toddler is excited (she doesn’t have a clue what’s going on) […]


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Bring the Meal Monsters into your kitchen!

  If your kids are big fans of junk food and you don’t know how to change their minds, then read on. A new app, website and social media account might be the unexpected answer to your problems.   Founded by Dubai dwellers Mary-Kei (a food lover and illustrator) and Elisa (a businesswoman and mum), […]


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Six to try: where kids eat free in Dubai

    There’s no denying it; eating out as a family is expensive, but if you know where to go (and what to order) you could save some cash. Also note that I’m not afraid to take leftovers home! Here are a few of my favourites if you’re on a budget, but still want to […]


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Tried and tested: WaterWipes

  When I had Phoebe two years ago, WaterWipes were a mythical product here in the UAE; friend of friends had them brought over from the UK, a new cult classic that I’d read about online. Meanwhile, I was messing around with cooled boiled water and yards of cotton wool to wipe my baby’s bottom, […]


Where to buy… zip-up sleepsuits

  Can we agree that whoever designed baby clothes with buttons up the back needs a bullet? And by the same token, the man/woman/angel responsible for adding zips to sleepsuits deserves a medal and a hearty hug from parents everywhere? Don’t get me wrong, I don’t *hate* poppers (I do hate buttons though), but even […]


A letter to my firstborn, before she becomes a big sister

Little face, Soon yours will not be the littlest face in the house, as your sister comes home in a few short weeks. You’ve just turned two, and I don’t think you realise that your world is about to turn upside down, though hopefully in the most wonderful way. It’s going to take some time […]


Dear mums, please be kind with your words

Recently, before a prenatal pilates class, I got chatting to one of the other mums-to-be. ”How many weeks are you?” I asked, because, well, it’s the easiest starting point. “I’m 25” she replied. And without thinking I exclaimed “Oh wow! Your bump is so neat!”, which then haunted me through the next hour as we […]


The one parenting technique we SHOULD judge other mums on

As mums, we’re meant to support each other. We’re supposed to have this all-inclusive ‘Hey! We’re all doing our best!’ mentality, whether we’re working or staying at home, breast or formula feeding, co-sleeping or joyfully putting them in their own rooms, baby-led weaning or pureeing, baby wearing or stroller loving. While there are definitely tribes […]

ABOUT ME

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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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How to… keep kids happy in the car

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Truth time: it took me six months to bond with my baby

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10 reasons families should visit the Ripe Market at Al Barsha Pond Park

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The honest review: 2018 Honda Odyssey

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

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