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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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Introducing the charming, whimsical world of Maluco

      Sometimes a store comes along and you just want to get lost in it – whether it’s bricks and mortar or a little slice of online shopping heaven. I first saw Maluco on Instagram (you can start swooning here) and was instantly enchanted, from the doll houses of my childhood dreams to quirky, […]


WIN! ‘now! Minimo’ nursery furniture from Kaiser

  Want to add some fun to your little one’s nursery? Children have fabulous ideas about what to do with furniture: jumping over the bed like a tiger, climbing up the wardrobe like a mountaineer or building a cuddly toy hut using a chest. There are no limits to their imagination. And now’s your chance […]


Book vs real life: 20 weeks pregnant

    Halfway there! In some ways this is a ‘hurrah’ week, marking the mid-point of the pregnancy, but I think back to finding out I was pregnant, and it feels like years ago. Which means that the birth is a weird, abstract distance away, and it doesn’t feel real at all.   Happily, however, […]


10 to try: my maternity and mummy essentials

    I first met the lovely Loretta from Blush & Bloom when Phoebe was a few weeks old. I was (really) struggling with breastfeeding and went to Healthbay PolyClinic for a workshop where there were vendors selling everything from lactation cookies to baby carriers, and she was so kind and encouraging. She also had […]


Do other mums feel like a fake too?

  I think I have what’s known as Imposter Syndrome. On a rational level, I know I’m a mum (there’s a child sleeping in her cot to prove it, along with all sorts of plastic crap, a body changed forever and a very sickly bank balance), but sometimes – okay, frequently – I just don’t […]


TRIED AND TESTED: The carpet shopping home trial

      I’m not a fan of a mall trawl at the best of times, but add in a toddler who is determined to walk instead of going in her stroller (thus turning a ten-minute stroll into an hour-long ultra marathon) and frankly, I’d rather stay home. No matter how urgent the shopping trip. […]


Book vs real life: 19 weeks pregnant

    It has been a funny week, full of ups and downs – and nothing to do with pregnancy, though I’m sure the hormones haven’t helped. From winning the Time Out Dubai Kids award for Parent Blog of the Year (hurrah!) to losing our beloved dog Lizzie, emotionally I’m absolutely wiped out. Of course, […]


A mama-to-be must-have

    Did you know that from 18 weeks, an unborn baby can hear sounds? Incredible. Not only is their mother’s voice a source of comfort, but other noises such as music can provide reassurance, which is why Ilado’s maternity jewellery is so special. As you move throughout the day the charm necklaces chime softly, […]


Book vs real life: 18 weeks pregnant

    I want to start off by saying a massive thank you for all the wonderful message and comments of support I received after posting about pre natal depression and anxiety. It was really hard to write, and thankfully even since posting it I’m feeling a lot better. Almost back to ‘normal’. Whatever that […]


Tried and tested: healthy pouches for babies

    As a typical mum, eg stupidly busy, I have long relied on a combination of oh-so easy convenient pouches and home-cooking to get us through weaning, exploring tastes, and now nursery snacks. However, I’ve always felt a bit (okay, a lot) guilty about it, not 100% sure what’s going into them – and […]

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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