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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

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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My Daughter Gave Me a Report Card

(3) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 2:22 PM

Our kids get report cards or progress reports throughout the year. I love my kids so much... but how am I really doing as a parent? Would my daughter give me honest answers? I wanted to know, so I asked her to fill out this report card on my parenting....

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Dadmissions: Wife Vs. Kids

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 4:42 PM

The wife and I get to go out by ourselves hardly ever. OK, hardly ever may be an overstatement.. NEVER is more like it. Once in a while we grab a date night and book a babysitter for the kids. Recently, we came home and the kids had written out...

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

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 2:01 PM

The day started with our daughter opening up the small jewelry box we had gotten her, revealing what was hidden inside. Today is a big deal for her and we wanted to make it special. The girls bought new dresses. Dad even bought a new suit and looked pretty damn...

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Dadmissions: The Day I Learned I Had PMS

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 3:59 PM

The wife and I were sitting at breakfast and we got into a spirited debate. She wondered if we're failing our children because of how much time we spend with them, and how much time we can volunteer with them and how much we can offer them. I often wonder...

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

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 3:04 PM

It was the selfie that started everything. In 2008 I was sitting outside the operating room waiting for my wife to give birth to our second daughter. I was sausaged into the three sizes too small blue scrubs, with my cafeteria hair net, and my hospital mask so I could...

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Dadmission: 10 Things I Learned From Hosting a Sleepover

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 5:57 PM

One by one, I heard their parents peel off with a "beep beep" and what sounded like a "so long, suckers." One by one, the kids piled into their respective sleeping bags. We had been planning the great sleepover of 2014 for months. Our daughter had been asking forever. We...

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

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 5:09 PM

My 8-year-old is so bright and eloquent and caring and sassy and like many girls she is making the transition from little girl to tween. She had one of those days this week stuck in a dressing room at the Gap trying to find an outfit that looked right. She...

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Dadmissions: The Trains In The Basement

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 3:16 PM

I went to the Lego movie expecting an hour and a half of fun, probably a few laughs and a couple of retro references from the '80s. But I didn't expect to learn lessons about my childhood and now my fatherhood. Cue the flashback music...

It was the late 1970′s...

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Hello, God, It's Me, Dadmissions

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 2:50 PM

Here goes nothing. I am going to step on the hornet's nest and talk about religion. Call it an epiphany. Or call it online suicide. But this week, I've really been thinking about things. So I grabbed my computer and I wrote my very first letter... to God.

Dear God,

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Dadmissions: Is Our Imagination Dead?

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 1:27 PM

We were walking around the bookstore and the kids each had their stack of purchases. They asked me if I wanted to buy a book and I said I was fine without one. Truth is, I read all day every day for my job: blogs, websites, newspapers, script after script...

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Dadmissions: The Parenting Olympics

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 2:01 PM

Dadmissions: The Parenting Olympics

There is lots of talk out there in the online parenting universe today about moms vs. dads and who's better at what... I'm gonna step on the hornet's nest and say WHO CARES. My wife is better at some things. I'm better at others. It...

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Dadmissions: The Second Act

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 1:25 PM

My wife and I were watching the movie Grown Ups this weekend. The characters were talking about relationships and marriage when this pearl of wisdom came out: "In life, the first act is always exciting but it is the second act -- that's where the depth comes in."


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Dadmissions: The Persecution of the Working Parent

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 3:01 PM

It's the most wonderful time of the year. It's holidays and lights and gifts and family time. It's also time for parties and school events and classroom activities -- and a nightmare for working parents. Sure, you can say some people CHOOSE a career over their families. But in some...

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Dadmissions: Believing in Santa

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 6:11 PM

I often sit and wonder if my 8-year-old really still believes in Santa Claus. She says she does and sometimes I really DO see that magical glimmer in her eye, like when she addressed a letter to Santa this week and carefully colored a rainbow on the letter and then...

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Dadmissions: Daddy Watch Me Fly

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 12:05 PM

Note from Dadmissions:

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. My daughter...

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