Emma Waverman writes about the chaos of modern family life. 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 grade schooler, and husband in Toronto. Emma has written for a variety of national parenting and 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. You can contact Emma at embracingchaos@hotmail.ca.

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My Pretend Boyfriends/Babysitters

A full week of having a sick three-year old has re-acquainted me with preschooler shows. I have fallen in love all over again with the innocence, the music and the totally naïve and useless lessons they try and teach.

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Do You Eat Your Young?

The other day, I was so mad at my oldest son for something or other (who can keep track?) I yelled: “I am not going to say anything else, in case I say something I regret.” He looked at me and said, “What could you say to me that you would regret?” And it stopped me dead. What could I possibly say to one of the people that I love most in the world that I would regret later? And suddenly the heated moment was gone.

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Three Labours, Three Ways

I have this irrational theory (it’s not my only one) that my kids’ personalities were somehow evident by their birth. My husband thinks this is actually crazy, but I'm right.

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We Are Now Puppets in the Shadow Government

On Friday, I marched my two boys down to my pediatrician's office and got them the vaccine and I did it without a moment of doubt. And you know what? I did it because I trust my pediatrician and I trust Mt. Sinai's Dr. Donald Low, whom I have never met but whenever I see him on TV gives me a sense of calm, and stops my head from exploding due to panic.

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A Greater World View

The twin preoccupations of the week couldn't have been more disparate: H1N1 and Halloween. But they definitely kept most parents I know busy this week. I am going to (try) and take a break from self-obsession  and  and remember that we are lucky that we have the time and energy to be anxious about a seasonal flu compared to the rest of the world.

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