Jay Payleitner

Good and Evil, Vampires and Heroes

Good and Evil, Vampires and Heroes

Have you ever thought about the message you are sending your kids on Halloween when they dress up like a bloodied vampire and stuff their faces with candy? On the one hand, Halloween is fun. Getting dressed up and pretending to be someone else is a blast. And who...

Which of your kids is your favorite?

Which of your kids is your favorite?

Remember The Smothers Brothers variety show? It was highly rated and filled with cutting-edge comedy. TV legend has it that the NBC execs were continually censoring jokes and bits that pushed the envelope of propriety. Thinking back, it was all very tame by today's standards. (The impact of television on the degradation of the culture is a discussion we can have some other time.)

How to Spy on Your Kids

How to Spy on Your Kids

Don’t let your kids read this article. DON’T LET YOUR KIDS READ THIS ARTICLE. They don’t need to know all your secrets. Now, because my five kids will eventually read the following paragraphs, I may have to deliver this concept in dad-to-dad code, but I have a good sense you’re smart enough to read between the lines.

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Dad, do you shirk discipline?

Dad, do you shirk discipline?

A few years back, a research study on parental discipline emerged from the Australian Institute of Family Studies, and here's the big headline for fathers: Dads are largely shirking discipline duties. "When it comes to disciplining the kids, there's been a role...

5 Ways to Make a Difference for Your Son

5 Ways to Make a Difference for Your Son

According to recent research, boys in our country are "fragile." And this isn't a new idea. Similar things have been written for almost the past 30 years. When compared to girls, boys generally show much higher tendencies to struggle with issues such as: learning...

Single Fathers: Press On

Single Fathers: Press On

by Matt Haviland Is it possible to be a great father as a single dad? The short answer is, “Absolutely!” However, since being a single parent brings a variety of outside factors and dynamics, we may have to take a slightly different approach. It will surely look...

4 Qualities of Growing Dads

4 Qualities of Growing Dads

Howard, who grew up without a dad, became a father in his teens and has struggled for years with the demands of raising five children, especially since he never had a male role model. Working two jobs, he was always too tired for his kids and made excuses instead of...

A New School Year: 3 Tips for Dads

A New School Year: 3 Tips for Dads

Your children just started school or are about to go back, and that should be a big deal in your mind—whether they’re starting kindergarten or the last year of graduate school. They will mature and be shaped in incredible ways during coming months, and of course you...

Intentional, Joy-Filled Fathering

Intentional, Joy-Filled Fathering

When someone announces, “I’m going to be a dad!” it’s a reason to celebrate. When one father made that announcement, his wife quickly followed with a report on his recent surge of activity at home. Apparently his joy and anticipation inspired him to rearrange their...