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This Is What I Told My Sons

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

I told them I know they might not like them now, but one day, they'll think girls are pretty cool. And I told them it's important above all to respect those girls.

The Girls I Used To Twirl

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

It seems recently the picking up is less and less. My older daughter is so tall that the last time I tried to swing her like a flying helicopter, she skinned her knees on the ground because we couldn't gain enough altitude.

My Dad Ate My Homework

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 12.01.2014 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

thought about it for a long while. Sure, I could have brought her homework to school and saved her. But why? This was the real lesson.

Finding Coupleness In Our Parenthood

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 11.03.2014 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

There's no question, in the trajectory of our time together, we've entered a new phase in our relationship. We've gone from couplehood to parenthood

A Petition For Change: Clothing Responsibility

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 10.06.2014 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

It's pretty simple: offer real sizes for real girls and women of all sizes. When my daughter stares in the dressing room mirror and looks at her reflection and says she feels F-A-T, just whispering the letters because she doesn't event want to speak the word, then there's a problem.

What Could Have Been: Miscarriage From My Perspective

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

I still think about it sometimes and at the weirdest times, that our family might have been bigger -- could have been bigger -- but isn't.

My Daughter Gave Me a Report Card

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

It took me 10 times as long to think of the questions as it did for my daughter to answer them. In the end, she gave me some very 9-year-old answers. But they still show some areas where I can grow and work to become a better dad and parent.

Dadmissions: Wife Vs. Kids

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

Recently, we came home and the kids had written out a set of new rules for the house telling us how long we can stay out, how frequently we can go out and how much it'll cost us if we don't adhere to the rules. They each signed the rules and even had the dog co-sign with a paw print...

Dadmissions: A Jewish Dad's Daughter Is Welcomed Into the Church

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 07.05.2014 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

It's no secret we have a mixed marriage of cultures and religion in our home. My wife and I have always vowed to let the kids believe what they want and when they want.

Dadmissions: The Day I Learned I Had PMS

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

Yes, a man in his 30s has learned for the first time that he, like so many others, is suffering from PMS: The Parental Measuring Stick.

Are You a Parenting Sell Out? (Take The Test)

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 06.10.2014 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

It was the selfie that started everything. It was a selfie before the term selfie even existed and it launched me into a whole online world of documenting every aspect of my life as a dad and, as a result, the lives of my kids.

Dadmission: 10 Things I Learned From Hosting a Sleepover

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 05.17.2014 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

What is it about sleepovers that makes everyone neurotic? My wife told me our street cred was on the line. She wasn't kidding.

The Dadmissions B.E.A.U.T.Y. Project

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 05.10.2014 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

My wife is our daughter's confidant and reassures her and is awesome. I try to reassure her as well and share my own struggles... but I'm a guy after all. So I started thinking about how I can emphasize with my daughter the important lessons of self esteem and beauty inside and out.

Dadmissions: The Trains In The Basement

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 04.27.2014 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

It was the late '70s when my dad first showed me those boxes of Lionel trains being stored in the basement behind the furnace. These trains belonged to my father and my uncle when they were kids. These trains meant everything to them. My dad told me these trains were now mine.

Hello, God, It's Me, Dadmissions

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 04.08.2014 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

This week, I've really been thinking about things. So I grabbed my computer and I wrote my very first letter... to God.

Dadmissions: Is Our Imagination Dead?

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

"You have no imagination anymore. You need something to be able to transport you to another land. How come adults have no imagination?"

Dadmissions: The Parenting Olympics

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 03.10.2014 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

I don't know the first thing about dressing up dolls, looking stylish or trying to braid hair. But it is funny as hell when I try.

Dadmissions: The Persecution of the Working Parent

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 02.19.2014 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

Imagine what it's like for a kid on stage looking out into the audience of their holiday show, scanning the crowd for their parent. That's what I'm told my 5-year-old did the other day. Even though we told her I couldn't make it, she was still looking. I disappointed her.

Dadmissions: Believing in Santa

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 02.03.2014 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

Fictitious conversation I imagine my daughter having with herself: I asked Santa for something big and expensive. I asked mom and dad for something big and expensive. If Santa is real, then I'll get what I asked for.

Dadmissions: Daddy Watch Me Fly

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 01.27.2014 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

Yep, I had one of those weird out of parent moments where your kid says something so poignant that it stops you dead and then you sit there and ponder life's questions while you feel a little like throwing up. It happened on the playground.

Dadmissions: Cheering For Average

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 11.23.2013 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

I think we should encourage good sportsmanship, and encourage good sports, and encourage hard work to improve skills and to excel. But we don't need to hide and sugarcoat the truth.

The Old Photo Album

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 11.09.2013 | New York
Pete Wilgoren

t wasn't until years later, years after 9/11 that I pulled out the old weathered photo album and realized I had all these pictures. And carefully framed in the background of each one was the World Trade Center.

Dadmissions: A Note to My 5-Year-Old on Her First Day of Kindergarten

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 10.23.2013 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

My 5-year-old started kindergarten today, so I made a list of little wishes: May your recess be long. May your lunch line be short. May your pizza be a rectangle. May your snack be square (cheez-its).

Dadmissions: Listing Life's Lessons

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 10.21.2013 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

Everything fits better in a list. I make lists. I alphabetize my lists. Here are some life lessons I need to teach my kids in a handy list...

Dadmissions: The Jewish Guy at Mass

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 10.06.2013 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

He asked if I knew the meaning of everything on the outside of the church. I told him no and confessed I was Jewish. He asked if I was a Jew for Jesus. I told him no again, and said, "My wife is Catholic. Her faith is very important to her. So being here is very important to me."