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Pete Wilgoren
Pete Wilgoren is Managing Editor at one of the largest local news stations in the country. He is also a husband and father, outnumbered at home by a wife, two little girls and a dog named Cupcake.

You can find him at and on Facebook at Dadmissions The Book talking about his frequently embarrassing, sometimes insightful, and often uncomfortable, admissions of a dad surrounded by girls.

Entries by Pete Wilgoren

If I Had a Billion Dollars

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 12:51 PM

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...

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

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2015 | 1:51 PM

I felt it come across me like an ocean wave. It's so familiar by now, the shock, the tragedy, the sadness, the senselessness of another shooting -- the disgust. The wave poured over me.

When you work in a newsroom, you are the caretaker of the news, the information, and...

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Why My Kids Were Late For School

(2) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 1:36 AM

It started out as a simple Facebook post... which has now been seen by more than 100,000 people... I'm really overwhelmed by the reaction... I guess everyone just needs some nice news once in a while... so now I'm sharing it here with you.

To whom it may concern,

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An Apology For All the Oblivious Parents

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 5:47 AM

To the performers who were entertaining at a comedy show for kids this weekend: We ALL owe you a heartfelt apology. It is no exaggeration that many of the kids there were terrors, they were bullies, they were obnoxious, loud, overbearing, pint-sized hellions. And their parents, yes, those parents who...

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When You Feel Like the Fourth Wheel in the Family

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 8:06 PM

I admit it. I'm outnumbered by a wife and two girls. And they're not really daddy's girls. They're momma's girls... at least for now. I'm smart enough to recognize it and I know there are a bunch of reasons why. First, my wife and my love, is a great mom....

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Things I Should Tell My Kids

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 8:02 PM

There's so many things I'd want to tell my kids if I could just sit them down and talk with them... if I told my kids everything I ever wanted to tell them all at once. Well, they'd never ever sit still long enough -- and truthfully neither would I....

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What Being 'Dadly' Means To Me

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 7:37 PM

When I think of the word "dadly," I think of guys not being afraid to be themselves and let their dad flag fly, no matter what anyone thinks. The Urban Dictionary describes "Dadly" as being "in a satisfying and proud macho father way." But I think it also means being...

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What To Do When Your Life Hits A Plateau

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 2:47 PM

It occurred to me in the middle of driving my wife to work after we'd dropped the kids at school on a totally ordinary day with nothing special happening at all: I've hit a life plateau. I blurted it out to the wife. "I feel like I've hit a plateau."...

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

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 1:00 PM

If you got past the title without wanting to kill me or fire off some nasty comment, then read on. It was mid-week when the wife got the sickly tickle in her throat and I knew we were doomed. She's the rock. The family glue. And she was getting sick....

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Starbucks, Race And Why Some Think It's OK To Ask If My Wife Is The Nanny

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 5:22 PM

Starbucks wants to talk about race relations in this country. Well, I don't necessarily want to hash it out with my barista over a cup of coffee, but no doubt my family is part of the melting pot.

I am white. My wife is Latina. Our kids are both....

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Holy Crap, You're 10

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 5:31 PM

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
Now a girl on her way

I don't know when it happened
It seems like yesterday

When I held you the first...

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Building A Good Family

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 8:09 PM

It was Saturday morning and the kids had piled into the bed right on top of their mom and me... you know, that one cheek on one cheek off thing parents have to do to squish in. I grabbed my phone and we snapped a family selfie. And in that...

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Why Applaud the Cindy Crawford Photo?

(11) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 5:49 PM

I know what you might be thinking: What right does a guy have to be writing about Cindy Crawford's picture, anyway? I haven't given birth. I certainly haven't carried a child around in my stomach for months. None of us men have been through what a woman endures, but I...

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This Is What I Told My Sons

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 10:08 AM

On a chilly morning, we went to the park to toss around a baseball. That's what we do. That's our thing. The three of us fan out across the diamond and throw back and forth. After a while, we went across the street for ice cream... just me and the...

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The Girls I Used to Twirl

(0) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 11:19 AM

I'm getting older... older like my bones make unnatural creaking sounds in the morning... older like I worry about heartburn if I eat too close to bedtime... older like I'm losing hair on my head and gaining it in my eyebrows and ears instead (don't judge). My kids are growing...

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Sorry, But I'm Not Saying Sorry Anymore

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 5:04 PM

How many times do you say "sorry" each day? And I'm not just talking about the word. A study from 2011 found some folks say sorry up to eight times a day. That's probably a huge understatement. Skip the word itself. How many times a day do you find yourself...

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My Dad Ate My Homework

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 4:02 PM

The voice on the other end of the phone was desperate. The voice on the other end of the phone was panicked. The voice on the other end of the phone was my daughter and she was about to be floored. On this day she called from school saying she'd...

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Finding Coupleness In Our Parenthood

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 12:54 PM

For the first 12 years I knew my wife, I was her one and only. And she was mine. We did everything together. We were "Pete and Gloria," the couple. Then came our first daughter in 2005. And our second in 2008. I want to say it happened slowly over...

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A Petition For Change: Clothing Responsibility

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 12:43 PM

I finally had enough of the words thin and skinny and extra slim when it comes to fit or size. We are sabotaging our own daughters and their self -esteem. So I did something I have NEVER done before and I started a petition online. Below is the...

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What Could Have Been: Miscarriage From My Perspective

(2) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 12:41 PM

It can hit you at the weirdest times. It just does. And when it does... it gives you an emotional chill like a shadow from your past. I was driving my wife to work today as we often do in the morning and it hit me just then. She was...

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