How to Build a Pillow Fort
And other parenting advice from Fatherly
Even if you don't have three kids under the age of five running around your house, there's a good chance that there will be a moment in your life when a child will hand you a pillow and beg you to build a fort.
In that moment, these tips from master architect Ben Pell will come in handy.
1. Choose your foundation: Pick out which pieces of furniture you're going to work with (i.e. couch, chairs, etc.).
2. Sort your pillows: Decide which are best for walls and which are best for the interior.
3. Select roofing material: Sheets are better than blankets, but lightweight sheets require layering.
Then, when the parent of said kid asks how you learned to build such a thing, tell him or her you read about it on Fatherly.
The new website is packed with useful articles geared toward young dads, such as science’s explanation for why stepping on a Lego hurts so damn much (believe it or not, your foot is one of the most sensitive parts of your body) or insight from a James Beard Award-winning chef on packing a perfect school lunch (hippo-shaped peanut butter sandwiches, for the win.)
Fatherly also breaks down information by a kid's age, with tips on everything, from preparing for the arrival of a baby to figuring out what to do when a toddler starts walking. Plus, the site is cofounded by Mike Rothman, one of the original brains behind Thrillist, so you know the advice will be anything but ordinary.