Emma Waverman writes about the chaos of modern family life in the kitchen and out of it. She has a weekly food column on CBC Radio One, Here & Now. She is the co-author of the family cookbook Whining and Dining: Mealtime Survival for Picky Eaters and Families Who Love Them and is hoping to one day finish her certification as a parenting coach. She lives with her three kids, ranging from tween to university student, and husband in Toronto. Emma has written for a variety of national lifestyle magazines and newspapers. When she's is not making typos, telling you what she thinks, and thinking about dinner, you can find her on Twitter at @emmawaverman and Instagram. You can contact Emma at embracingchaos@hotmail.ca.

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Embrace This!

My best friend says that this blog is going to provide her with a lot of blackmail.  So let me get that out of the way, yes, I feed my children McDonalds’s drive-thru when we are in the car for more than two hours. And yes, I let her 18 months old escape into a parking lot when I was supposed to be watching him at the playground.  And that was all in one day.

Emma_9572 I’ve been at this parenting thing for approximately 3467 days, and imagine how many mistakes I have made. Boggles the mind really. My 9.5 year old son  Aaron would love to detail all the things I have done wrong – including dropping the F-bomb when playing Wii ping-pong, not allowing him to have war games, and moving him to a new school for grade 4. Of course, he would also say the biggest mistakes I ever made were giving him a brother and then a sister. Six-year old Sam  and almost-four-year old Jenna could possibly also rhyme off my parenting errors – but they are still easily won over by a mini box of Smarties, so they won’t be tattling on me anytime soon.

I would like to say that these three create the chaos in my house and I am a serene, calming influence, but it’s not true. I contribute quite a bit with my inability to keep a calendar and the constant loss of my keys. And then my dear husband adds in by trying to manage us out of it (which he say lessens the craziness and I say adds to it). But spinning, crazy chaos is part of family life, is it not? And it is the part that I love, and it is also the part that I loathe.

If you have stumbled into this space to look for opinions (sometimes misguided) – good news you will find them. Like most mothers I am cynical, judgmental, hypocritical and often humbled by my kids. And since I am a champion-level procrastinator and will read anything I can, you may also stumble on some interesting studies, articles and opinions by certified professionals here. If you know me or my book, Whining and Dining: Mealtime Survival for Picky Eaters and Families Who Love Them, you won't be surprised to find some recipes and stories about feeding a busy family.

Parenting does not happen in a vacuum – writing about family life means writing about kids but it also means writing about pop culture, food, shopping, education, politics, travel, being green and money. And any discussion about parenting would be very one-sided without some thoughts on relationships, marriage and sex.

This daily blog will be a learning process for me, and hopefully for you as well. Your thoughts, opinions and questions will be happily accepted. Stay tuned...

Reader Comments (1)

I heard about your new blog from a friend of yours as we were picking up our kids from school this afternoon. As the mum of three kids (almost the same ages as yours!) I look forward to following your blog!
October 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca

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