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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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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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Book vs real life: 25 weeks pregnant

  I could sleep right now if you asked me to. Pregnancy second time (or third, or fourth, I’d imagine) is tougher in a lot of ways because so much of your energy is already expended looking after a little person who is already here, demanding to be carried around, who can’t understand why you’re not […]


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8 ways to organise kids’ rooms – fast!

  What is it about kids’ stuff? I swear, when night falls, the plastic toys multiply, the drawers overflow, the shoes double in quantity and my previous efforts of organisation are in vain.   With another baby on the way I’ve started the nesting early, sorting out the teeny-tiny newborn clothes into piles, buying hangers, […]


Tried and tested: Toddler Senses classes

    I returned to work when Phoebe was three months old, so didn’t have the chance to attend many/any classes with her. In truth, I think that at such a young age a trip to the supermarket is adequate stimulation, but it’s great to dedicate some special time each week to be together without […]

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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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