Jay Payleitner Blog

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

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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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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