Welcome to The Daddy Files, a parenting website owned and operated by me — Aaron Gouveia. I’m a proud husband, father of three boys (7, 2, and 5 months), and director at a Boston PR firm currently living in southeastern Massachusetts.
This site is geared toward fathers, but it’s a parenting website first and foremost. In fact moms make up the majority of the readership, so all are truly welcome.
If you’re interested in parenting, marriage, and the successes and failures that invariably accompany the two, you’re in the right place.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
My wife got pregnant in 2007. I was a journalist at the time and very research oriented, so my first stop was the bookstore (back when bookstores still existed) to read up on the topic. Except I didn’t want Dr. Spock or stuffy “experts” giving me technical advice. Instead, I wanted to hear from regular guys who became dads. I wanted to hear an average joe’s take on what I could expect as a new father.
The only problem? Nearly all of the books were geared toward moms. Then I found out there was a local expectant mothers group my wife could lean on for support, but again, nothing for dads. Nothing against moms, I love them (even married one), but where was the support and networking for fathers?
That’s why I started The Daddy Files. I began documenting my thoughts as a new dad to provide some support and a voice for other dads in the same predicament. Then I found a small network of other dad bloggers, and soon that network grew, and now here we are talking about how men/dads are portrayed in the media, making a concerted effort for dads to be equal partners in parenting, and tackling the messy and controversial subjects that have been taboo for far too long.
MORE THAN JUST A DAD BLOG
Once I started this site, a funny thing happened. I started to get noticed a bit. You can find my byline in TIME Magazine, The Huffington Post, Good Men Project, Parents Magazine, American Baby, and iVillage, just to name a few.
I’ve also worked with some of the world’s top brands. Whether it’s driving a Ferrari on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway with Toyota, going to Boston Red Sox playoff games courtesy of Dove Men+Care, interviewing Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees on behalf of Tide, being the lone dad voice for Similac, or being treated to sneak previews of the latest Netflix programming, I only agree to sponsored content with companies I like and use.
I’ve been a speaker three times for the Dad 2.0 Summit, the world’s leading conference on the changing voice and perception of modern fatherhood.
In the end, this blog is not just another “daddy blog.” Sure I write about my sons, but these pages are a record of my life. I don’t just highlight the fun milestones like first steps, I also chronicle the “other stuff.” The fights, the torment and the doubt that inevitably come with being a husband and working father balancing the demands of family life with a career as a director at a Boston PR firm. It’s not always puppy dogs and rainbows, but it is very real. And often there is beauty in the sadness, redemption in the struggle.