Parenting experts are calling for the ‘naughty corner’ to be replaced by the ‘thinking corner’ as children should never be told they are naughty.

The “naughty step” is becoming a thing of the past, with nurseries saying that they no longer use the term due to its “negative connotations”.

Children are no longer called naughty. Instead, they get put in the thinking chair, reports The Telegraph.

The majority (60 per cent) of nurseries said they do not agree with having a “naughty step”, according to a poll of 1,000 owners, managers and staff conducted by the review sit daynurseries.co.uk.

The survey found that 74 per cent rejected the use of the“naughty step” – where children are asked to sit in a particular place and reflect on their actions – as a method for controlling bad behaviour.

Almost all (95 per cent) of nursery teachers said they are not even allowed to call a child “naughty” in their nursery.

“The term ‘naughty’ is one that has held negative connotations particularly in an Early Years context,” she said one carer.

“There is the potential for children to be labelled with this term, without them being able to understand why their behaviour is unacceptable.”

A discussion on the TODAY Facebook page saw parents reacting to what they thought was a ridiculous suggestion.

“This is the reason why we are now raising a generation of entitled little brats because kids are not being held accountable for their action, they should be taught the difference between right and wrong and that there are consequences for bad behaviour.”

“Wake up !! … they have been naughty … let’s not try to sugar coat it to spare their feelings … we raised two respectful thoughtful girls … and yes we had guidelines and they knew what they were …. even at their ages now 20 and 23 they still know and respect them …. can we please go back to being a parent ….”

“Not enough punishment these day’s I grew up with a tough dad i was taught to respect my elders and I brought my girl’s up the same way they now have kids a bit of punishment does them no harm .so perhaps these people that make up these New rules should have kid’s first then make rules”

“It’s the naughty corner because the behavior is naughty…. Not necessarily a “naughty child” there is a difference.”

“So do we take away the naughty and nice list for Christmas. Really the word naughty is a real word and yes most kids laugh at being in the naughty corner as this is no real consequences for their actions and they well know it. But naughty is naughty and they need to be taught that, try taking away things they love that generally works.”

PC nonsense, do you agree?

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  • It was a time out corner when my kids were little. Just think about what you’ve done and why others may not like it. I don’t think it hurts them, it’s better then a smack


  • Children need to learn that their behaviour or the action they did is termed naughty. The bad behaviour, just as much as good behaviour must be addressed. The child should not be told they are naughty rather their behaviour or what they did was naughty. There is a difference. They must learn what is right and what is wrong and that there will always be consequences and rewards for their actions, good and bad. Everybody wants to be a Dr Spock and for all the parenting information he gave to many, his own son committed suicide. So where did he go wrong with his psychological advice on raising children? No wonder we have so many problems in our society these days, as some parents are too fearful to discipline and pull their children in line because they believe they will have them taken away from them. That is not so. If you don’t bridle the horse and put the bit in its mouth then you cannot steer the animal in the direction you want it to go and that I believe is the same for children, otherwise, how will they grow up to become responsible and respectful citizens and future parents of this planet and learn the ability to relate to others? Accountability is important and needs to be taught in discipline and with love for the child. Children want to be disciplined because when you do they will know and believe you love and care about them and their wellbeing. Train a child up in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it. Psalm 22:6


  • We have a naughty corner. The difference is the child sits down and does not face the wall, simply sit quietly to think about what they know they did wrong. They then have the opportunity to apologise by saying “I am sorry for…….(..what ever they have done wrong) – it may be more than one thing that resulted in them being put in the naughty corner or similar space


  • If what they’ve done is naughty then that’s what it is. I know my parents rarely said that I and my sister were naughty but we definitely did ‘naughty things’ and that was an instance for some sort of punishment. How on earth would we learn if we didn’t get told right from wrong? How confusing.


  • I don’t call in the naughty spot as I don’t like the word but it’s a good thing to use


  • I agree with both sides.


  • I don’t like the ame, but Im fine with a designated time out spot.


  • You can call out the behaviour as naughty without labeling the child.


  • I don’t agree, I think if my son has done something naughty, then I will tell him he has done the wrong thing and he was naughty. They need to learn


  • I don’t really see it as that bad as long as it’s explained properly that it is their behaviour that is naughty. It’s a word that describes bad behaviour, simple as that.


  • PC nonsense 100% so disappointing to see & no surprise many children feel entitled & free to be “naughty” when ever they please!


  • I think the “Naughty corner” should still be used, the main point is for the child/children to know that they misbehaved and I don’t see this corner as doing them any harm. Who cares what we call the corner, as long as our children are taught right from wrong does it really matter what we call the corner?


  • Always said take time to think – not keen on any labels.


  • It’s a great way to make them think about their actions rather than putting them down


  • When did we start not telling children that their behaviour is unacceptable? No wonder we have so many children and youth walking around doing whatever they want. No punishment, just go think about it.


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