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.

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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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  • I agree, it’s better to call it thinking corner then naughty corner. Idem for time out, better to call that quiet time.

    • Reflection time also – time to think about actions.


  • We do call it the naughty corner but I tell my kids they need to take the time to focus and restart. So the term thinking corner fits as well.


  • I’m not a child expert in this field so I won’t comment to much. I understand why there is a naughty corner, but it can label a child, especially at school. Finding better solutions to deal with bad behaviour is always positive.


  • So when they grow up into out of control adults committing crimes left and right it’ll come as quite a shock when imprisonment isn’t called “thinking time”.
    If children are naughty I believe in calling them out on it. Especially if its a deliberate behaviour. The naughty corner is a wonderful tool for a time out for everyone to calm down and then follow it with a discussion about why they were naughty and how their actions have consequences.


  • I think people go too far the other way! I don’t think the naughty corner is all that bad. They’ll probably even ban the thinking corner next because it makes the kids feel bad.


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