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 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.


Puppies are Harder to Raise than Babies

That's right, new parents — your job isn't all that hard. That is, at least not compared to the unenviable task of raising a puppy.

Nominated Names

12 Baby Names Inspired By Nobel Prize-Winning Scientists And Activists

Smart choice for a name!

Call Me Ishmael

10 Literary Baby Names Inspired By Great Books

Call them Ishmael. No, really.


The Biological Reason Dads And Moms Treat Their Parental Roles Differently

It's not just in your mind.


All The Gross Stuff About Being A Mother Your Wife Won’t Tell You

It's not all soft-focus pictures of breastfeeding.


How to Do Perineal Massage: An Expectant Fathers Guide

Dads-to-be can help their partners achieve an easier and less painful delivery


How Often Your Toddler Will Get Sick In Day Care — And How To Fight It

Teach germs a lesson.


Why Dads Gain Pregnancy Sympathy Weight And How To Prevent It

Put down the gross craving sandwich and do some prenatal yoga.


How To Handle A Violent Child, According To A Psychologist

Children usually aren’t violent because they’re angry.


How To Prepare Kids For A Pending Divorce

It’s important for parents in an irreparable marriage to reinforce the idea that living apart does not mean the family is broken.

Potty Training

How To Teach A Boy To Pee Standing Up (Without the Mess)

A lot of potty training is the same between boys and girls, but boys have to learn to aim. Indoors, that’s messy — outdoors, it’s great fun.


The Age When Children Are Most Traumatized By A Divorce

Babies and teens may be able to weather a divorce, but elementary school children need special care when the family breaks down.


How To Safely Use A Baby Swing Or Baby Bouncer

Inappropriate usage of baby swings and bouncers is widespread. Here's how to make sure your child isn't injured in an otherwise excellent accessory.

Corporal Punishment

Spanking Is Physical Abuse, Study Shows

Researcher says that drawing the line between spanking and physical abuse is "theoretically impossible."


5 Dangerous Myths About Spoiled Children, Debunked

Raising a monster takes hard work. Giving your child love, affection, and even material objects is unlikely to spoil them.


How To Be A Great Divorced Dad

Divorce can prompt dads to compensate for serious parenting challenges. But there are better way to be a good dad than treats, toys, and a bad attitude towards the ex.


Thanksgiving Is Here For Hard Talks And Revolutionary Thinking

This year, lean in to the tension.

Fatherly Advice

What Can I Do About My Drunk, Racist Brother-In-Law On Thanksgiving?

Fatherly's resident parenting expert talks about keeping peace with Thanksgiving racists and picky eaters so everyone can enjoy.


How To Teach A Kid To Say Thank You

Parents who want a kid to say thank you and mean it, need to say it themselves and mean it.


How To Deal With Ungrateful Kids During The Holidays

Parents who don’t want to hear whining over gifts should do some preparation as the holidays approach.