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FOUND: A mattress for you – and your bump!

FOUND: A mattress for you – and your bump!

7 to see: my family-friendly picks of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

7 to see: my family-friendly picks of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

FREE downloadable family wall planner for 2018!

FREE downloadable family wall planner for 2018!

What I want for Christmas, by Tabitha, age nearly 10 months

What I want for Christmas, by Tabitha, age nearly 10 months

How to give up the dummy (for dummies)

How to give up the dummy (for dummies)

FOUND! The ultimate UAE gifts from Yislamoo

FOUND! The ultimate UAE gifts from Yislamoo

Must-have custom children’s books by Story For Me  

Must-have custom children’s books by Story For Me  

How to… keep kids happy in the car

How to… keep kids happy in the car

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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 […]


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Recipe of the week: toddler-friendly ‘Nutella’

  Forget the new diet – and make Nutella instead! This week’s recipe from chef and mum of two Lyndsay from I Eat My Peas is a sure-fire crowd-pleaser. She says… “Nutella disappears in the blink of an eye in our household, so I now make this mixed nut version that makes us feel a little better […]


FREE downloadable 2017 family wall planner!

  Confession time: I mock my husband A LOT for his planning. He’s the king of Excel, with our holidays, family meet-ups and more, all plotted out in colour-coded glory. But guess what? It works. So that shuts me up. Last year he created a huge (A0) wall planner for our kitchen, and it helped […]


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Book vs real life: 31 weeks pregnant

    I’m surveying the post-Christmas wreckage; a plastic dinosaur is staring at me from the dining table, Phoebe’s presents have been put back in her sack with a distant dream of us re-introducing them gradually (yeah right), a pile of chocolate coins sit on the arm of the chair and my treasured ‘fir balsam’ […]

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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FREE downloadable family wall planner for 2018!

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7 to see: my family-friendly picks of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature

  The highlight of every bookworm’s calendar is only seven weeks away! The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (or ‘lit fest’
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  Dear Santa,   Here’s the dilemma, big man, I can’t talk yet, so my parents are having to guess what I’d like
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How to give up the dummy (for dummies)

    I was one of those parents who would never give my baby a dummy. This was before I had children,
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FOUND! The ultimate UAE gifts from Yislamoo

    As holiday season approaches, many of us are left scratching our heads, panic buying and over-spending on presents that don’t
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Must-have custom children’s books by Story For Me  

    Every little girl and boy is living their own adventure – from learning new words and making friends to exploring
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How to… keep kids happy in the car

  We’ve all had those days – the kids won’t get into the car, don’t want to be buckled up, and
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