Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Redirect hot-button topics this Thanksgiving with this simple and fun game.

"I don't get it."

Please Pass The Riddles

Hot-button topics; what family doesn’t have them? Often politics is at the top of the list.  If you’re hosting Thanksgiving, here’s a fun game that will keep the peace by redirecting your group's hot button topics back to the family friendly.
Fill a basket with fun riddles on pieces of folded paper. You can print family friendly riddles for free at www.gollygee-pers.com. Just go to the "freebies" tab. Or, depending on the ages of your guests you may want more sophisticated humor.

Choose one hot-button topic that is likely to come up at your holiday gathering. As guests arrive let them know you will be playing a game called Please Pass the Riddles. The topic of politics (or whatever hot-button topic you choose) will be off limits for the day.  If a person is caught bringing up the topic any person can say, "Please Pass the Riddles."  The basket is then passed to the person who brought up the topic. This person will pull a riddle from the basket and read it aloud. As guests try to answer the riddle the conversation will be redirected away from the hot button topic and back toward fun. If playing this game at the table, have each person take turns trying to answer the riddle, before giving up the answer.

In the end everyone wins, of course. 

Have fun and have a very Happy Thanksgiving from Golly Gee-pers!

Monday, December 2, 2013


Want to stop your child from pouting?  Then don't suppress it.  Let him express it!  

Everyone wants to be heard and have their feelings matter and kids are no exception. With Golly Gee-pers pouting posters kids are encouraged to express their feelings through creativity.  Have your child tell you why he or she is unhappy in a picture or a story.   You'll be surprised at the healing effect.  It might even result in a meaningful conversation instead of coal for Christmas. 

freebie pouting posters at http://www.gollygee-pers.com/ 

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Table Manners Cards earns a gold award from Mom's Choice Awards!

Golly Gee-pers is tremendously honored to have just received a gold award from the prestigious Mom’s Choice Awards organization for our game, Table Manners Cards ( http://gollygee-pers.com ) .  It was deemed “among the best family friendly products” in the toys and games category.   Thank you to MCA and the families who tested our product!  

Mom’s Choice Awards’ mission is to help families grow emotionally, physically and spiritually.  If you are a parent or educator and would like more information about Mom’s Choice Awards, honored products or their magazine, Entro please go to www.momschoiceawards.com.

Sunday, March 17, 2013



Paul Minton from Wales won our limerick contest for being clever AND staying on topic. Congratulations!

Here is his limerick:

A collier, who thought himself fine,
Would not go to the back of a line:
He pushed into the queue,
With no please or thank you,

 But it turned out it was all in his mine.


Monday, March 4, 2013

Wondering what to put inside those plastic Easter eggs besides candy


fairy noteHow about revealing the magic of kindness with a letter from Elf Raffi or Fairy Poli.

Imagine your child opening an egg and finding this tiny little envelope. Inside is a letter. The writing is so small you have to use a magnifyinging glass to read it. What a whimsical delight for children and adults alike!

To create this experience for your child, go to:
 http://www.gollygee-pers.com/ click on Freebies.  There you will find instructions to download the free letter and envelope template. You can choose Fairy Poli for girls or Elf Raffi for boys. Have fun!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Submit your limerick to win a prize and promote civility and kindness!



Whether you are Irish, have a wee bit of Irish blood, like the color green or simply like to create limericks, we want to hear from you!

Create a limerick about civility, kindness or manners and the best one will win a set of our award winning Table Manners Cards along with an official Golly Gee-pers award certificate.  To view the prize go to: www.gollygee-pers.com.   The winning limerick will be posted on our blog,  Facebook page and twitter on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2013. 

To submit your entry:
    1. Add it to the comments section below or
    2. E-mail it to us at gollygee_pers.@yahoo.com or
    3. Post it on our Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/GollyGeePersManners?ref=ts&fref=ts

Deadline for entries is March 15th.

Just to get the limerick ball rolling I offer one of my own:

 There once was a guy who was rude
 He put everyone in a bad mood
 When he shoved in the lines and talked all the time
 While he ate so we saw what he chewed.


Sunday, September 16, 2012

5 Ways to Practice Peace at Home

 September 21st is International Peace Day.  It might sound ridiculous to some given the state of the world lately, but I believe there can be peace in our lives and in the world.  Peace is not simply a state of being, but the result of practiced skill.  How can we expect our future leaders to resolve conflicts with people and nations if we have not taught them to do it at the most primary level, at home? 

Families are the perfect training ground for peace.  No one can offend as easily as family and arguments or standoffs are frequently the result.  It doesn’t have to come to blows to be war.  Just the motivation to undermine someone else is war because it keeps both individuals in a state of conflict. 

 We may not be able to end war in a day but, what we can do is take this day to consciously practice peace with those closest to us.  

Here are my top five Go-To’s for keeping the family peace:

1    1.    Use Humor
When someone in our family is being unpleasant we often place a stuffed Grumpy doll (I found in my daughters toy collection) in a spot they are sure to go to soon.  A Grinch figurine or even a picture would work just as well.  

2.     Show Concern
When people are out of sorts they usually save their release for family. We come home and seem rude or insensitive to the very people who love us the most.  Instead of responding with criticism, try asking, “what’s going on” and then listen attentively. 

3.  Don’t fuel the fire
People tend to respond to other’s behavior with the same degree of force.  So, when a teenager doesn’t get her way and spits out those words, “I hate living here,” and dad spits back, “don’t talk to your mother that way!” and Mom joins in raising her voice, “you don’t know how lucky you are.”  The teen has little conscious choice but to defend her position with even greater zeal.  Before you know it, a little flame has been fanned into a bon fire.  Try maintaining your calm.  It’s extremely effective in defusing a situation. 

 4.   No one wins when there’s a loser
Nothing creates a power struggle more quickly than fear of losing an argument.   It doesn’t even matter what the topic is.  If one person “wins” at the expense of the other, the “loser” is going to feel resentful.   If we are willing, a compromise can always be made so that each person gets some of what he wants or needs.   (**This is especially important for parents to model for their children.  Not only will it improve parent child relations but it will give them the tools for being successful in their future relationships). 

 5.  Stay on Topic
People tend to use past grievances to support their current argument, but instead of proving their point they simple create a whole new topic to argue. 

You may ask yourself, “why should I be the one to have to initiate peace?  I’m not the problem.”  Well, someone has to start.  Someone has to lead.  It doesn’t matter who “the problem” is.  Each of us can choose to be the solution.  As people experience peaceful resolution in their own lives they will be likely to apply these tools themselves.    

For more information on International Peace Day go to http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org/
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