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If I Had a Billion Dollars

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 01.12.2016 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

The Canadian rock band Bare Naked Ladies sang a song in the '90s "If I Had A Million Dollars." They said if they had all that money they wouldn't need to buy Kraft dinner anymore, but they still would. Now that Powerball is a cool $1.3 BILLION or more, a Kraft dinner FACTORY wouldn't be out of the question.

Why I DIDN'T Tell My Kids About The San Bernardino Shooting

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 12.04.2015 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

The weight of the world is heavy. We all feel it each and every day, I didn't want my kids having to bear the load today. We drove on our way listening to mindless holiday music in the car as I thought about the 14 families who will never be the same again and so many others who were affected.

Why My Kids Were Late For School

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 10.19.2015 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

I'm sorry the kids were late for school today but I wanted to tell you why. You see, we enjoyed a great breakfast this morning. So good. But at the end of the meal we had so much left. We asked for a takeout container. Carefully, they packed an omelet, toast, and some fresh fruit inside, along with silverware and a napkin. We just had to take this stuff with us. Then we left for school... but we passed right by the road to the school and kept on driving.

An Apology For all the Oblivious Parents

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 09.16.2016 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

It is not the job of the entertainers to deal with a riotous mob of heathens. It is not their job to put up with insults that are somehow justified because the kid is just a kid. THIS is how these performers make their living. They entertain those who WANT to be entertained.

When You Feel Like the Fourth Wheel in the Family

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 07.27.2016 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

My daughter overheard the discussion. Without a second thought, without a pause, she blurts out, "but dad, it's the fourth wheel that keeps everything balanced." And it stopped me cold.

What Being 'Dadly' Means To Me

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 05.19.2016 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

"Dadly," to me, means dancing the tango with my little girls wrapped in my arms around the living room. "Dadly," to me, means using super glue on their 700-piece My Little Pony set that won't stay together.

What To Do When Your Life Hits A Plateau

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

Maybe I can learn to embrace the flat spots in life, the place between the peaks and valleys. It's not a white surrender flag that there isn't more to do... it's just an acknowledgement that it's OK to be where I am right now and to take my time to get where I'm going.

I Took Charge When The Wife Was Sick (Now Where's My Reward!)

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 06.20.2015 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

she was getting sick. We were so screwed. By the weekend, she was in full-fledged illness with the raspy Kathleen Turner voice and a waste basket full of tissues. An achy, feverish, sadness filled the house. And I knew we were going down in flames. Or were we?

Holy Crap, You're 10

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 05.17.2015 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

Holy crap you're 10/ Where did the time go/ Double digits are here/ As you continue to grow/ A baby to a little girl.

Why Applaud the Cindy Crawford Photo?

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 04.20.2015 | Style
Pete Wilgoren

What's annoying to me are the bravos for Cindy Crawford and Marie Claire magazine for this photo, which must have been hidden in some drawer like it was shameful.

This Is What I Told My Sons

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 03.28.2015 | 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 03.22.2015 | 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.