Jay Payleitner

Jay Payleitner

Jay Payleitner

Regular Contributor

Jay Payleitner is a long-time friend who has worked alongside NCF for nearly 30 years—most notably as producer and partner for our Today’s Father radio program, which aired from 1993-2016—and has contributed numerous articles to fathers.com. (See those archived below.)

Jay spent a decade at three Chicago ad agencies writing and producing commercials for airlines, eggs, Kroger, and Corona. He also led the creative team that named SunChips. Turning freelance, Jay spent two decades creating thousands of radio spots, specials, and PSAs for Prison Fellowship, Salvation Army, Red Cross, National Center for Fathering, and others. He served as Executive Director of the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative and speaks nationally on parenting. marriage, and finding your life purpose. Most notably, Jay has written more than 25 books including 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad52 Ways to Connect as a CoupleThe Newlywed Year, and What If God Wrote Your Bucket List? His books have been translated into ten languages and sold more than one-half million copies. Jay and his high school sweetheart, Rita, live in the Chicago area where they raised five awesome kids, loved on ten foster babies, and are cherishing grandparenthood. There’s much more at jaypayleitner.com.

Recent Articles by Jay Payleitner

Doors Opened Early: A Charlie Brown Christmas Pageant

“I set my sights on the role of Linus and did something I had never done before…” Jay Payleitner tells a story with an insight for dads.

COVID Cabin Fever? 10 Ways to Connect with Your Kids

Taking advantage of this time to engage your kids in a new way should be considered a great victory. Here are some unexpected ways to connect with your kids.

Laugh with Them. Cry with Them.

When our kids come to us with emotional news, why do we often reflect the opposite emotion back to them?

Great and Unexpected Things

Great and Unexpected Things

Shakespeare wrote, “It is a wise father who knows his own child.” Knowledge of the gifts, talents, hopes and dreams of your child is the first step …

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Surprise Your Kids!

Surprise Your Kids!

by Jay Payleitner Once again, this week we’re featuring a chapter from It’s Great Being a Dad—written by three...

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