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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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Book vs real life: 35 weeks pregnant

    This is going to be a quick update, because I really need a nap. And have a two-year-old’s party to organise. What was I thinking…?   Highlights of this week included:   Discovering the best hot chocolate in Dubai (photo here), which is covered in burnt marshmallows and salted caramel sauce. Can you […]


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How I’m overcoming my fear of childbirth

    I wouldn’t say I’m a sceptic – I have a few too many Pollyanna moments for that – but I’m definitely prone to the odd eye-roll, side eye and eyebrow raise. There are just some things that just aren’t for me. Simple as that. I’m sure you’re the same.   Over two years […]


Book vs real life: 34 weeks pregnant

    Let’s start with some context: I’ve just eaten a Mini Cheddar sandwich, followed by a lemon curd yogurt, that’s more of a dessert than breakfast item. This should give you a pretty good idea of my mental state at 34 weeks pregnant.   The baby now has hiccups. Her head is VERY low. This […]


Website of the month: Kidore for the best bargains

    Hands up anyone who has spent countless hours mall trawling, with kids who don’t want to be there? How about those of you who are always on the look out for good value? And what about the people who are running low on inspiration when it comes to birthday presents and activities for […]


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Book vs real life: 33 weeks pregnant

    After my doctor’s revelation at last week’s scan (read it here) I’ve had the words ‘very big baby’ haunting every waking moment. And a few dreams too. Thanks to everyone in the Facebook group who was so encouraging with their stories about inaccurate measurements – the reassurances were much-needed!   This week has […]


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Win! A hotel stay, spa visit and even babysitting with Premier Inn

  We’re looking for the UAE’s most deserving – and sleep deprived – parents. Is this you? Do you dream of a good night’s sleep, and waking up when you’ve had enough rest NOT when your children dictate? I feel your pain! But you could win a prize for those dark circles and constant yawns… […]


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Listen here – The Mothership on The Learning Curve podcast

  As a journalist I’m used to asking the questions, being the one who knows where an interview is going, so being a guest on Nicholla Henderson-Hall’s podcast, The Learning Curve, was a refreshing change, if a bit scary!   Nicholla’s series of podcasts focus on female entrepreneurs across the Middle East, with her 104 (and […]


Toddler-friendly recipe: sweet potato laksa

    Just yesterday, as I’m thinking ahead to the week’s eating (my favourite topic) and rolling my eyes at serving spag bol AGAIN, Lyndsay from I Eat My Peas sends over this recipe for family-friendly laksa. Hurrah! We made it last night – for all three of us – and it’s super-easy, and really tasty. […]


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In praise of the babymoon

    While I fear babymoons (definition: the short break an expectant couple takes before the birth of a child, who will later rob them of lie-ins and dinners after 7pm) are something of a new-fangled fad, there’s no denying the appeal.   With my first pregnancy we combined honeymoon and babymoon (long story, but […]


Book vs real life: 32 weeks pregnant

    I’ve hit a wall of exhaustion. And am the size of a house/back of a bus/woman who’s 32 weeks pregnant and wasn’t petite to begin with. I actually don’t FEEL that big, then get a shock when I see myself in profile, or in a photo.     Gulp.   Helpfully (ahem) my husband […]

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

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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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