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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Want a Fright? Check out Tween Halloween!

You know what scares me? Tween girl’s costumes. I see the sexy nurses and fallen angels walking down the street and I am seriously frightened for them.

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Don't Fear the Food Fight

Ever been part of a food fight? Of course you have! If you are a parent you know all about conflict at the table. When my son Aaron was three all he would eat was white food (no, not cauliflower, not even bananas) and it made me literally crazy. Here I am, a scion of a food dynasty and I was serving meal after meal of boring, bland food. I thought there must be some answers out there to deal with picky eaters, but no, there weren’t. And that is when my friend and fellow foodie Eshun Mott and I had this crazy idea that we could simultaneously write a book and solve our own problems.

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Office Politics, Mommy Style

A couple of years ago I was reading a newspaper article on playgroup politics and I saw a quote from a friend. She was telling a story about how she was at someone's house and the mommy-host gave out popsicles but she was short one and her daughter didn't get one. And it hurt her to see her daughter left out.

This story was followed up by another incident in which this same bad mommy did nothing when her son grabbed a toy out of her daughter's hands.

And that terrible mother is me.

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My first child's Kindermusik teacher told me "First kids get Kindermusik, second kids get Parks and Rec programs and third children get... the grocery store." Which of course I silently refuted, as if I would deny any child mind-expanding music lessons. 

Meanwhile, now that I am a mom of three I wonder: who needs Kindermusik? She's got the car radio, she could sing "Umbrella" by Rhianna by the time she was 2.5.

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Connect, Eat & Repeat

Cynical and ironic is the way my extended family rolls. So for some advice on how to take a few minutes at the traditional glutton-fest that is Thanksgiving to promote the art of appreciation, I have turned to an expert.

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