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.

Parenting

How To Make A Baby Poop

So your newborn's diapers are a ghost town. Here's how to get things moving.

Saying Sorry

How To Apologize To Your Kid When You Screw Up

Unapologetic parents raise unapologetic kids.

Sleep Tight

How To Get Your Toddler To Stay In Their Bed All Night

It's the longest walk you'll take over and over and over again.

4th of July

How To Enjoy 4th Of July Fireworks Without Deafening Your Kids

Parents should go out of their way to protect children's eardrums.

Sacré Bleu

I Parented Like A French Dad And My Kids Started Listening To Me

Taking a distanced French perspective on kids will freak them out in a good way.

Parenting

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.

Life

How to Talk with Your Kids About Kamala Harris

The choice of Kamala Harris as Biden's running mate is a major historical inflection

Baby Names

Baby Names That Work For Boys And Girls – 3 Important Tips

Thanks to millennials, it's trendy!

Entertainment

10 Baby Names Inspired By Amazing Literature

Call them Ishmael. No, really.

Baby Names

How Babies Are Traditionally Named In 8 Countries, From India To Iceland

Bjork, Bjork, Bo-Bork...

Gear

‘Rollors’ Is the Greatest Yard Game You’ve Never Heard Of

The hybrid of bocce ball and horseshoes is hella fun.

Health

The Only 1-Month Developmental Milestones That Matter

Most parents overdo the whole milestone thing in the first month. Stop stressing out and focus on the three developmental moments that really matter.

Parenting

The Only 2-Month Milestones That Matter

Stop stressing out and focus on the milestones that really matter.

Parenting

The Only 4-Month Milestones That Matter

Most parents overdo the whole milestone thing in the fourth month. Stop stressing out and focus on the two (just two) developmental moments that really matter.

Parenting

The Only 3-Month Milestones That Matter

Stop stressing out and focus on the milestones that really matter.

Parenting

The Only 6-Month Milestones That Matter

Most parents overdo the whole milestone thing in the sixth month. Stop stressing out and focus on the two (just two) developmental moments that really matter.

Parenting

The Only 5-Month Milestones That Matter

Most parents overdo the whole milestone thing in the fifth month. Stop stressing out and focus on the three (just three) developmental moments that really matter.

Parenting

The Only 12-Month Milestones that Matter

By their first birthday, developmental milestones slow down drastically. But the ones they hit are big — and matter.

Parenting

The Only Two-Year Milestones That Matter

What developmental accomplishments should you expect from a 2-year-old?

Parenting

The Only 18-Month Milestones That Matter

By 18 months, developmental milestones may seem to be a thing of the past. They're still there, just few and far between. Here are the ones to keep an eye out for.