Aaron Gouveia
Aaron is a Massachusetts native, husband of a woman way out of his league, father of two boys too perfect to be his, and walker of the world's sweetest golden retriever. He used to be an award-winning journalist until he went corporate because he actually needed to make money to live and support a family. He is the owner and author at The Daddy Files -- where he has been chronicling the ups and downs of pregnancy, marriage, and parenting since 2008. And he cares deeply about the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. A little too much. Really, it's unhealthy.

You can follow him on Twitter (@DaddyFiles) and Facebook.

Entries by Aaron Gouveia

7 raisons de ne pas vouloir connaître le sexe du bébé

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 3:02 PM

Juste avant la naissance de chacun de mes deux fils, j'étais fou d'impatience et d'enthousiasme. D'enthousiasme à l'idée de voir grandir notre famille et de devenir père, bien entendu, mais aussi parce que j'allais enfin avoir la réponse à une question très importante: est-ce que c'est une fille...

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7 Gründe, warum ich nicht wissen will, ob es ein Mädchen oder ein Junge wird

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2014 | 8:58 AM

Als der große Tag der Geburt meiner Söhne näher rückte, machten mich die Vorfreude und Aufregung ganz verrückt. Aufgeregt über neue Familienmitglieder und mit Sicherheit darüber, Vater zu werden, aber auch, weil ich an diesem Tag endlich eine Antwort auf die so wichtige Frage erhalten würde - bekommen wir einen...

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7 motivos para não saber o sexo do bebê

(1) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 7:23 PM

O grande dia do nascimento dos meus dois filhos se aproximava e eu estava ficando louco com a expectativa e a empolgação. Empolgação de aumentar a família e de me tornar um pai, com certeza, mas também porque finalmente teria a resposta para uma pergunta muito importante - vamos ter...

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7 ragioni per non voler sapere il sesso del bambino prima del parto

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 5:41 AM

Mano a mano che si avvicinava il giorno della nascita di entrambi i miei figli, mi facevo più impaziente ed emozionato. Non vedevo l'ora di accogliere un altro membro in famiglia e di diventare padre, certo, ma anche di avere una risposta a una domanda molto importante: sarà un maschio...

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7 Reasons Not to Find Out the Sex of the Baby

(59) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 2:02 PM

As the big day drew near for both of my sons' births, I was going nuts with anticipation and excitement. Excitement about adding to our family and becoming a dad, for sure, but also because I was finally going to get the answer to a very important question -- are...

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'Dad, Are We Poor?'

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2014 | 10:53 AM

"Dad, are we poor?"

The question itself doesn't bother me one bit. It's an honest and insightful question that comes from a place of innocence and genuine curiosity often inhabited by 5-year-olds. It was the anxiety-riddled expression that my son wore on his face, and the hint of fear buried...

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An Open Letter to My Son About Closed Minds

(13) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 11:38 AM

Dear Will,

Today you came home near tears because someone told you two gay people can't get married because it's wrong and gross. Your aunts are gay and your cousins -- whom you love with a wonderful ferocity -- are a product of their very much legal marriage (Massachusetts has...

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8 Dinge, die Sie niemals zu Vätern sagen sollten

(1) Comments | Posted June 14, 2014 | 7:39 AM

Da der Vatertag näher rückt (Anmerkung der Redaktion: In den USA ist der Vatertag am dritten Sonntag im Juni) , werden wir Väter wieder gefragt, was wir uns als Geschenk wünschen. Die meisten von uns sagen sowas wie „Ich brauche nichts, weil ich Dich und die Kinder habe und...

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8 Stupid Things You Should Stop Saying to Dads

(163) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 11:02 AM

As Father's Day approaches, dads all over the country are being asked what we want as a gift. Most of us say something along the lines of "I don't need anything because I've got you and the kids and that's all I need."

Screw that.

I'm asking for something this...

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19 mensonges que disent les parents à leurs enfants

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 10:02 AM

Même les bons parents mentent à leurs enfants.

D'ailleurs dire qu'on ne ment pas à ses enfants est en soi-même un mensonge.

Nous mentons tout le temps à nos enfants. Parce que nous voulons les protéger. Parce que nous ne connaissons pas toujours la bonne réponse à leurs questions. Et...

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19 Lies Parents Tell Their Kids

(24) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 10:07 AM

I'm a good parent. And I lie to my kids.

The lying isn't what makes me a good parent, but it doesn't automatically mean I'm a bad one, either. Because you lie to your kids, too. I know you do. And if you say you don't, you're a dirty goddamned...

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7 Little Things My Mom Did That Made a Huge Impact

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 8:40 AM

All writers thank mom around Mother's Day. Usually, it's a predictable list of qualities filled with all the platitudes about moms one would expect from a generic Mother's Day piece.

However, my mom is anything but generic.

I won't lie -- her style is not the norm, and it's not...

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10 choses que les hommes devraient savoir sur les femmes enceintes

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 11:21 AM

Une femme enceinte est un mystère pour bon nombre d'hommes peu expérimentés. Et pour éviter de passer neuf mois de cauchemar, voici 13 choses dont vous devriez vous souvenir au sujet des femmes enceintes:

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13 Dinge, die Männer über schwangere Frauen wissen sollten

(2) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 8:32 AM

Ich bin kein Experte, wenn es um den Umgang mit schwangeren Frauen geht. Ich blicke ja noch nicht einmal bei Frauen generell durch. Ich bin quasi die Antithese von einem Experten.
Glücklicherweise habe ich während der Schwangerschaften meiner Frau aber so ungefähr jeden dummen erdenklichen Fehler gemacht, so...

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13 Things All Men Should Know About Pregnant Women

(95) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 10:17 AM

When it comes to dealing with pregnant women, I'm no expert. Hell, I still don't even know how to figure out women in general. In fact, I'm the antithesis of an expert. Luckily for you, I've made just about every single stupid mistake and placed my foot so far in...

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Die 11 nervigsten Elternarten auf Facebook

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2014 | 9:01 AM

Du kennst sie. Du hast sie gesehen. Du bist vielleicht einer von ihnen. Okay, du hast Recht - du natürlich nicht. Du bist cool. Ich rede natürlich über den nervigen Freund, den du hast. Ja, genau der.

Obwohl ich selbst ein Elternteil bin, kann ich nicht leugnen, dass wir...

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Not Everyone Gets to Go Home

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 4:09 PM

Sammy, my 7-month-old, couldn't stop throwing up.

Violent retching that produced green bile, complete with little brown flecks we'd later learn were feces. Every 10 minutes -- almost on the dot -- he would scream in horrible anguish while clutching his tiny belly and drawing his knees to his chest....

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The 11 Most Annoying Kinds of Parents on Facebook

(12) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 12:34 PM

You know them. You've seen them. You might even be one. Well, not you, of course. You're cool. I'm totally talking about that annoying friend you have. Yeah... that's the ticket.

So even though I am a parent and I love parents, the fact of the matter is we can...

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Would You Wear Pajamas at the Bus Stop?

(12) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 6:08 PM

Marriage ain't easy, and we've been through more than our fair share of rough spots.

Pregnancy, not being able to get pregnant, multiple miscarriages, dealing with abortion protesters, financial hardships, mental health issues, and the Great...

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It's Time to Stop Treating Dads Like Idiots

(1067) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 4:41 PM

The straw that broke the camel's back came in the form of a text message from my wife. This is what she sent:


I know what you're thinking: Really? You're upset about this? Get a life. I get it, and you're not...

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