Jay Payleitner Blog

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

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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Mandate to Steadfast Warriors

May 8, 2018

Dear Moms and Dads: It’s only five verses. But Psalm 127 provides a reminder, a warning, a promise, an iconic image on which every parent should meditate, and an endorsement for having lots of kids. Let’s read it together. Even […]

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Romantic picnic setting

12 Slow and Easy Ideas for Couples

April 19, 2018

Dear Husbands and Wives: In my book, 52 Ways to Connect as a Couple, I spend one chapter challenging couples to get active. Including ideas like kayaking, zip-lining, and taking a Segway […]

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The Answer is 204

April 10, 2018

How many squares on a checkerboard? Dear Parents: Asking your kids how many squares are on a checkerboard creates a great chance to teach them the rhyme “Eight times eight fell on […]

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Avoiding Dilbert’s To-Do List Overload

March 28, 2018

Poor Dilbert. Opening today’s newspaper, I see Scott Adam’s beloved character wrestling with a challenge that’s all too common: Way too much on our human to-do list. Like Dilbert, your to-do […]

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Child on Merry-go-Round

The Circle Game

March 22, 2018

Dear Friends: I love this quotation . . . “You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every […]

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Dusty Baseball Glove

Oil Their Mitt

April 15, 2017

It’s that time of year. My world champion Chicago Cubs are starting strong. Boys and girls are getting spring fever. So this is an excellent time to remind moms and dads of […]

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Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go For It!

July 12, 2016

Hiya. This is not an endorsement for Pokemon Go.  I think it’s probably harmless.  I know it has gotten literally millions of young people to go outside and walk around.  (That’s […]

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Elephant Art Project

Five Strategies for Raising Creative Kids

March 24, 2016

Dear Moms and Dads: Every field of endeavor needs a creative spark. And your brilliant kids can provide it! How can you encourage that spark?  Consider . . . When […]

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