Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Pete Wilgoren

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Pete Wilgoren

Pete Wilgoren is a TV journalist by day and a doting dad the rest of the time. He has won numerous Emmy awards for his work in TV news. Pete’s kids are glad to use the Emmys to hang their swim goggles on, or to make goals for floor soccer. Read more about his life, from the dad’s perspective, outnumbered with a wife and two girls at Dadmissions.

What made you want to start your own parenting blog?

I was working nights and feeling really disconnected from my family. Writing about my kids and wife made me feel closer to them even if I wasn’t seeing them. Plus, they were just so damn funny.

What 3 words would you use to describe your blog?

Funny, honest, from-the-heart-in-an-endearing-wonderful-sort-of-way

What is your favorite blog post to date?

Why Men Peek

What’s your go-to tip for balancing blogging with parenthood?

 Coffee. lots of good coffee.

What is the best piece of parenting advice you’ve ever received?

Ray Romano: “Having children is like living in a frat house – nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up.”

What’s a typical day like for you?

I work a full dayside shift in a Los Angeles newsroom and then come home now in the nick of time and get to put my kids to sleep at night. The 15 minutes of bedtime is the best, most fullfilling, wonderful time ever. As a longtime night shifter, I never realized what a HUGE thing I was missing out on.

What’s the best insight you can offer other parenting bloggers?

Write because you have things to say, things you want your kids to read one day, things that deserve to be heard. Write because you love to. Don’t write to become famous or to get a book deal or to stir up phony parenting controversies. Write because it feels good.
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