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.

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.)

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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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Should You Freak Out over Lost Tools?

Should You Freak Out over Lost Tools?

I’m assuming you own a socket wrench set. If you don’t, get one soon. It is an absolute requirement for certain maintenance and construction projects. You can get a sweet set for less than fifty bucks.

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