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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Live From (possible) Swine Flu Central

Wow, how ironic, after my last post, to wake up this morning to a hot body next to me. No, not my husband, seems that Jenna is sick. She has a fever and a sore throat. Wow, are we part of flu-apoolooza?

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Swine Flu Anxiety-apoolooza

My old boss used to say that I am like a duck -- seemingly calm on the outside but paddling furiously underneath. That's how I feel about H1N1, I think I feel pretty zen about it but then the panic shoots through me and I am trying to calm my wild thoughts. The randomness of the deaths is frightening and feeds my anxieties about unknown and uncontrollable forces at work in the world. (Yes, I know there are often underlying conditions but sometimes you don't know if you, or your kids has any underlying conditions.)

And the only thing that will make me feel better is when every member of my family gets that vaccine.

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Books for Babes

When my brother and sister-in-law had their baby, they made it pretty clear that they wanted to buy everything themselves. And since they don’t live near us, I was just fine with that. So what do you give to the family that already has everything? In fact, what do you give every new mother?

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The Great Halloween Fairy Cometh!

When did Halloween get to be bigger than any other holiday? The endless discussions, the endless outlays of cash; the decorating, the costumes, the parades and parties. In our neighbourhood it's all comsuming. When its all over what are you left with? A ratty costume, gross, matted spiderwebbing and a bag of candy heavier than your child.

That is where the Halloween Fairy comes in.

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Cold Comfort for the Family Cold

With all the media about swine flu out there it’s easy to assume that everything is the flu. But once you calm your inner hysteria, and go over the checklist, (ie. no fever, no intense achiness then not the flu!) and realize its just a cold then what do you do?

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