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

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

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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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Dos and don’ts when your wife is pregnant: a survival guide

    I’m going to keep this simple, fellas. Save this post, print it off and stick it on the fridge/in your wallet/copy it out 100 times a day until you remember it by heart.   You might think your job is done after conception, and you’ll next be required in the delivery room for […]


Toddler-friendly recipes: crispy beef noodles

    Our recipes series with chef and mum Lyndsay from I Eat My Peas continues with this quick and easy noodle stir-fry, which can be adapted for weaning babies and grown-ups alike.   Lyndsay says, “My daughter loves getting messy and she has great fun with this noodle dish. It’s debatable how much makes […]


Book vs real life: 28 weeks pregnant

      So here we are. The third trimester. 28 weeks pregnant and still in total denial about giving birth and life with two children. I held a newborn recently and was shocked at how frail she was, all floppy legs and baggy skin around the knees, head lolling and bird-like bones. I’m really […]


10 of the best stocking fillers

  With Christmas around the corner (and those letters to Santa no doubt en route to the North Pole), it’s time to think about what to fill your little ones’ stockings with. I’ve teamed up with new online shop Kidore, based here in Dubai and founded by fellow mum Ayshwarya Chari, to make sure you […]


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Toddler-friendly recipes: perfect porridge

  It might still be sunny here in Dubai, but there’s a definite chill in the air, and this is the ideal season for a warming bowl of porridge for breakfast.   This week, Lyndsay from weaning and kid-friendly foodie website I Eat My Peas shares her recipe for perfect, everyday porridge (complete with four […]


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Book vs real life: 27 weeks pregnant

    At 27 weeks pregnant I’m nudging closer to the third trimester eg squeaky bum time, where I need to start getting my act together.   While I’m generally a fairly upbeat person, it would be remiss (and dishonest) of me to say that this week has been easy. Some of it has been […]


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Win! A hotel stay, spa time (and even babysitting) with Premier Inn

    Hands up who’s tired? Maybe your little one doesn’t sleep through the night, or is going through the dreaded sleep regression, or decides it’s playtime at 4.30am, or has a habit of wanting a cuddle/drink/chat when they should be sleeping happily in their bed? If you wake up sleepy, need a mid-afternoon chocolate […]


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WIN! An at-home wine tasting experience for 10 people with The Tasting Class

  Clueless about cabernet? Baffled by burgundy? But still enjoy a tipple? You’re not alone. And if you’d like to learn more about wine in a (really) relaxed setting, then read on. Dubai-based The Tasting Class has a team of qualified, internationally experienced wine and beer professionals who facilitate fun and easy to understand home […]


Introducing toddler-friendly recipes from I Eat My Peas

    I don’t know about you, but for me one of the most unnerving stages of motherhood was moving from the familiarity of bottles and boob to solid foods. When is the right time? What do you start with? Can babies eat Maltesers?   Luckily for me (truly), during my pregnancy I met Lyndsay. […]


Book vs real life: 26 weeks pregnant

  The baby is currently having a disco in my tummy. Admittedly I have just eaten a packet of white chocolate buttons, but her reaction seems a little OTT. Maybe she’s going to be a dramatic child. Brilliant.   It’s so weird how we start attributing personalities to our babies before they’re even born. For […]

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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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