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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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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 […]


Book vs real life: 24 weeks pregnant

  Welcome to the weekly update/whinge-fest, where I look at what the pregnancy experts are saying, then reflect on what a real woman, 6 months up the duff, is actually going through.   Energy-wise, I’ve hit a wall. I’m shattered most of the time. I’ve also ballooned, gaining 2.5kg in a week. HOW?!!!!   I’m […]


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Book vs real life: 23 weeks pregnant

    Time is flying. 23 weeks pregnant. Soon it will be 30 weeks and then it’s the awful last few weeks of time draaaaaagging. For now, though, the second trimester is a happy time, most of the time…   I continue to love my pregnancy pillow more than I love my husband. Joking. Am […]


Post-natal depression: speak out, reach out

  Adele has been in my head today. No, not her music, but her words. The recent interview in Vanity Fair, where she spoke out about post-natal depression and her experiences following the birth of her son, is so important for so many reasons.   “One day I said to a friend, ‘I f*ckin’ hate […]

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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.

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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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