Jay Payleitner Blog

Don't try to figure out a pattern to my blogging. There isn't one. 

Wednesday: Don’t Squash that Centipede! (Yet.)

March 25, 2020

Quarantined with your kids? Here’s the third lockdown lesson that also sneaks in some valuable life truths. Hope you’re enjoying my lessons with layers. The takeaway on Monday was to to teach our kids to […]

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Tuesday: How to Paint an Alligator

March 24, 2020

Quarantined with your kids? Here’s the second of five lockdown lessons that also sneak in some valuable life truths. I’m a fan of lessons with layers. For example, yesterday we talked about how counting the squares on a checkerboard can lead […]

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Monday: How many squares on a checkerboard?

March 23, 2020

Quarantined with your kids? Here’s the first of five days of lockdown lessons that also sneak in some valuable life truths. I’m a fan of lessons with layers. For example, enjoying a rainbow with your kids can lead to […]

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World Map Shower Curtain

World Map Shower Curtain

January 19, 2020

Dear Friends: Several years back, this item appeared on a Payleitner family shopping list: “shower curtain for the boys’ bathroom.” It would be nothing fancy or extraordinary. Our four boys […]

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Notice Squirrels, Armadillos, and Kangaroos

April 30, 2019

I rarely notice squirrels. When they climb Rita’s birdfeeder and scatter sunflower seeds all over the corner of our patio, I curse them mildly. But if I see one perched on […]

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Like Your Favorite Comfy Jeans

April 9, 2019

Grab your personal study Bible—if you can find it—and assess its physical appearance. Might I suggest the condition of your personal faith journey is inversely proportional to the condition of […]

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In Praise of Delayed Gratification

December 17, 2018

Hey Moms and Dads: Can your kids grasp the idea of delayed gratification? How about patience? Or the idea that doing something right takes time. Flipping that idea around: haste makes waste. You may already […]

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Leave Your High School Yearbook on the Kitchen Table

September 18, 2018

Dear Parents: So your kids are back in school and trying to figure out where they fit in and how they might find success. It’s a classic challenge for teenagers […]

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Pigeon flying against blue sky

Vacation Haiku

July 18, 2018

Dear Fellow Sojourners: Wisdom for the road.  No charge.  If inspired, feel free to write your own.  Remember 5-7-5. ROAD TRIP HAIKU Recalculating. Whose voice is that anyway? Recalculating. Why […]

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Griswald dad in car

How to Love Grueling Road Trips

June 26, 2018

Dear Moms and Dads: I believe the occasional grueling car trip should be a requirement for graduating childhood. Hours of transportational incarceration belted onto vinyl seats in a confined space […]

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