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

DAD HAIKUS: Short Poems Honoring Men Who Stand Tall

Jay Payleitner sent us a bunch of dad haikus to help you celebrate your role as a dad and give you some food for thought.

Dads: Give Noogies

by Jay Payleitner – The joy of being a dad should overflow into making physical connections with sons and daughters at every age and stage.

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.

Dads: Give Noogies

Dads: Give Noogies

by Jay Payleitner – The joy of being a dad should overflow into making physical connections with sons and daughters at every age and stage.

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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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Kids vs. Romance: Connecting with Your Bride

Kids vs. Romance: Connecting with Your Bride

Having kids should not put an end to romance. Actually, just the opposite. When kids come along, Dad and Mom need to be even more intentional about coming together, communicating, and strengthening their marriage.

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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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