Patrick A. Coleman
Patrick Coleman, a father of two, joined Fatherly in 2016 as the site’s first Parenting Editor, having worked previously as Editor-In-Chief for the Norwood Post, Food Editor of the Portland Mercury and City Editor for Thrillist.com. He used his extensive experience as a journalist to build the brand’s core of research-based child wellness, and parenting articles. His work at Fatherly has put him in conversation with some of the world’s preeminent child health, development and parenting experts including Yale University’s Sterling Professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry Dr. Alan Kazdin, 2017 Time Person of the Year Dr. Celeste Kidd of UC Berkeley's Kidd Labb and Director of the Vaccine Education Center Dr. Paul A. Offit. With over five years of inquiry, study and conversations about parenting issues (a great deal of which he has applied to his own family), Coleman has built an uncommon understanding of what it takes to raise good kids. He uses this to offer advice as The Goodfather and has co-authored and edited Fatherly's first Parenting book Fatherhood. With his unique reporting and research, Coleman's work expands on a central thesis that raising good kids is less about practical advice and tactics than it is about working to become a better man and partner with a strong sense of values. He lives with his family in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
Men, It’s Time to Make Companies Fear Weak Paternity Leave Policies
The failure of companies to provide good paternity leave is the unique failure of quiet men.
Why Parents Should Never Tell Their Kid “Maybe”
Uncertainty makes kids anxious and makes parents look untrustworthy.
New Study Says Forcing Kids to Eat Broccoli Is Quite Literally Torture
Sometimes unreasonable kid behaviors have good reasons — you just don’t know what they are.
Governor Abbott Blames Parents for Crime
The Texas governor pulled the rug from underneath parents and blamed them for the rug not being there.
The Fatherly Guide to Baby Milestones
Baby milestones help keep track of development but it's supportive parents that help an infant practice their important life skills.
Apple Will Likely See My Kid Sexting. It’s Time for a Serious Talk.
Apple's plan to combat child pornography will no doubt run afoul of teen sexual explorations
Teaching Table Manners to Kids in a Chicken Nugget World
Table manners may not matter now for your kid, but they are crucial for future success in life
Help! My Kid Falling in Love. What Should I Do?
Science helps us understand falling in love, and there are ways to explain it to your kid.
Spanking Is Physical Abuse, Study Shows
Researcher says that drawing the line between spanking and physical abuse is "theoretically impossible."
How to Make Sure Your Child Isn’t Being a Jerk
Take a moment and stop assuming that your kids have adult motivations when they misbehave.
Parenting a Child Who Comes Out as LGBTQ+: A Guide
You don't have to have all the right answers or words, but you do have to listen and offer support.
Could Nature Cure ADHD? Attention Restoration Theory Says Yes.
Attention Restoration Theory suggests a future of ADHD treatment requiring little more than exposure to nature.
How Self-Determination Theory Can Help Parents Raise Independent Kids
When parents support children’s autonomy, kids have better wellbeing and academic achievement.
A 1980s Parenting Style Can Build Self-Reliant Kids This Summer
For some parents, taking an '80s-style, hands-off approach can make life easier while growing independent kids.
How to Tell if Your Partner is a Narcissistic Parent and Protect Your Child
The outcomes for kids being raised by narcissists are neither great nor guaranteed
Three Tips for How to Recognize a Teachable Moment
When parents think they've found a teachable moment it might not be teaching anything
How Parents Should Prepare for Children’s COVID-19 Vaccine
As COVID-19 vaccines are approved for children, parents need to consider the logistics of getting them vaccinated.
Parenting In The Ruins: Should You Stay Together For The Kids?
There are many considerations, and either way the path can be difficult.
How To Get Sleep When Baby Won’t Sleep
It's possible to get longer stretches of better rest, even when your baby isn't sleeping through the night.
The Fine Art of Faking Domestic Harmony for the Kids
It's essential for parents to be a united front for the kids. No one said it was easy.