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52 Things Kids Need from a Dad
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Release Date: March 2010
Page Count: 192
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Binding: Perfectbound
ISBN: 978-0-7369-2723-9
Case Lot Quantity: 64

52 Things Kids Need from a Dad

What Fathers Can Do to Make a Lifelong Difference

God, please help me…another game of Candy Land…”

Quite a few dads spend time with their kids. However, many have no clue what their kids really need.

Enter author Jay Payleitner, veteran dad of five, who’s also struggled with how to build up his children’s lives. His 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad combines straightforward features with step-up-to-the-mark challenges men will appreciate:

  • a full year’s worth of focused, doable ideas—one per week, if desired
  • uncomplicated ways to be an example, like “kiss your wife in the kitchen”
  • tough, frank advice, like “throw away your porn”

And, refreshingly…

  • NO exhaustive (and exhausting) lists of “things you should do”
  • NO criticism of dads for being men and acting like men

Dads will feel respected and empowered, and gain confidence to initiate activities that build lifelong positives into their kids. Great gift or men’s group resource!

Meet the author

Jay Payleitner

Jay Payleitner

Jay Payleitner is one of the top freelance Christian radio producers in the United States. He has worked on Josh McDowell Radio, Today's Father, Jesus Freaks Radio for the Voice of the Martyrs, Project Angel Tree with Chuck Colson, and many others. He’s also a popular speaker on parenting and marriage and the...

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A Word from the Author

“It makes me crazy when fatherhood is depicted as grueling years of thankless toil. Nothing could be further from the truth! Have you read Psalm 127? It says, ‘Children are a gift from the Lord…Like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full!’ Being a dad is awesome. Snuggling newborns, wrestling kindergartners, wonder years of discovery, feisty/blossoming/hormonal teenagers, the college years when they finally realize how much you have sacrificed for them, then career advice and wedding plans. Each phase comes with wonderful, memorable rewards. The real message of this book is simple: Be there. Your kids need you. Enjoy every moment.”
Jay Payleitner, author of 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad

Editorial Reviews

“Every dad will see himself in the funny and enlightening pages of this book—an excellent choice for any man who is or expects to be a father.”
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“The combination of easy, serious, and fun keeps readers engaged…By offering such varied topics, Payleitner gives fathers a well-rounded view of what children need in an accessible format. Whether you’re just starting out as a father or partway through the journey of raising your children, you’ll find fresh ideas in 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad.”

“I am always interested in ways for Dads to play a bigger role in the lives of their children, but this one may be the best yet…Because any dad that wants to be more and maybe a little bit better for his kids will benefit from this book—as long as they read it.”

“I'm a mom and I appreciate the author's insights. I believe both moms and dads can benefit from this book. I enjoyed reading it and sharing the info with my husband…If you want to be a better dad, read this book.”

"Although Payleitner wrote this book specifically to dads, I have truly enjoyed reading it…Though it is difficult for me to pinpoint exactly what I think is the greatest feature of this book, I think the humor, wisdom and writing style will all speak to most dads…Be a dad your kids will be proud of. This book will give you some new ideas.”
A Life Better Than I Deserve Blog

“An empowering book for men that encourages them to be the best father they can be. Broken into 52 uncomplicated and doable tasks for men to use to reconnect with their families.”

“Straightforward features with step-up-to-the-mark challenges make this an empowering confidence builder for dads... NO long lists or criticism of dads for acting like men. A great gift or men's group resource!”

“A good practical book for Dads that have a busy lifestyle.”


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“I just finished reading the book 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad. WOW, was I impressed. The book touched me in a way that will be life-changing for me, my children, and my wife. Thank you for creating such an inspirational book”.

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“I’m delighted to see so many inspiring, practical, unexpected ideas for dads in one place.”
—from the foreword by Josh McDowell

“This is great stuff, worth any dad’s time. If you can’t benefit from this, you’re not listening. Ignore it only if you don’t want to be a better dad. The first three copies are going to my grown sons.”
—Jerry B. Jenkins, coauthor of the megaselling Left Behind series and author of over 150 other published works

“Jay Payleitner has given fathers a gift…a wise, delightful, practical, and profound book. If you’re a father, you will thank him, and if you’re not, you’ll read this book with joy and give it to a father who will ‘rise up and call you blessed.’”
—Steve Brown, seminary professor, author of Welcome to the Family and other books, and the “voice” of Key Life Network

“The stories will inspire you. The lessons will change you. Jay Payleitner shows twenty-first-century fatherhood for what it is and for what it needs to be.”
—Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, professor and author of more than 50 books, including Man to Man and The Power of Positive Productivity.

“I have been a wife for 37 years, a mom for 31, and a daughter for...well, let’s just say even longer. With those credentials, I highly recommend this book to all dads. It is a good read and, more importantly, a great guide for any man desiring to meet the needs of the children God has entrusted to his care.”
—Kendra Smiley, radio host, conference speaker, and author of Be the Parent and High-Wire Mom

“Moms of all ages, grab this book for your husbands! It’s inspiring, encouraging, and easy to read.”
—Ellen Banks Elwell, author of The Christian Mom’s Idea Book and When There’s Not Enough of Me to Go Around

52 Things Kids Need from a Dad reminds all of us of the humbling privilege and exhilarating joy of fatherhood. You won’t find any lectures or guilt trips here. Instead, it’s more like 52 inspiring halftime talks. As your personal fathering coach, Jay will provoke you to think deep, laugh hard, and love more, leaving you with 52 unexpected fathering insights.”
—Carey Casey, CEO of The National Center for Fathering, speaker, radio host, and author of Championship Fathering

“This book is a must for dads who want to take their fathering to the next level. It's full of real-world advice anyone can take to heart and act upon. It's also fun to read with lots of stories. Formatted in short, easy-to-read chapters, you can pick it up at any time, learn something really useful, and set it down until you have a few more free minutes. I recommend this book.”
—James Read, Creative Director, Grizzard Communications Group

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