Storytime with Melody – Naughty

Hello Blog-peeps! This week’s storytime blog is about being naughty.

Everyone is a little naughty sometimes. I mean, not me obviously, but everyone else for sure! Sometimes our little angels can be a little bit naughty or a lot naughty, and let’s be honest – sometimes we adults are too. What constitutes naughty though? A tantrum? Being destructive? Being inquisitive and curious? Interrupting? Hitting? Many experts will say that sometimes kids just need to express themselves, or test their limits, and as a parent it is up to you to decide what’s appropriate and what needs management.

For me and my children, the rule is pretty much this – if what you’re doing is going to hurt someone else in any way – be that emotionally, physically, financially or any other way, then it is probably naughty and not appropriate. As to how we manage that – There are literally thousands of parenting books to tell you how to deal with difficult kids, and in my experience, sometimes just having a read of some of these resources can be enough to help a parent clear their head and work out the best course of action for dealing with their particular issue. I’ve added some links below for a few available in our collection, and if you need help finding more, any of our lovely library staff would be happy to help you!

20 tips for parents : the realistic parent’s guide to understanding and shaping your child’s behaviour written byProfessor Kim Oates
Toddler taming : the classic guide to your child’s behaviour from 1 to 4 written byDr Christopher Green
Jo Frost’s toddler rules : your 5-step guide to shaping proper behaviour written byJo Frost
Talk less, listen more : solutions for children’s difficult behaviour written byMichael Hawton
The good news about bad behavior : why kids are less disciplined than ever–and what to do about it written byKatherine Reynolds Lewis 

Now to the fun stuff – some cute naughty Stories and Rhymes – and a very naughty treat to make and enjoy!

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Stomp! by Jeanne Willis and illustrations by Paul Howard is a really cute story about a monster stomping around the house looking for something important. This story is a really lovely fun one to read with kids as you can get very expressive and noisy by using the onomatopoeia in the story. An onomatopoeia is a word that actually looks like the sound it makes, and we can almost hear those sounds as we read. Another fun way to read this story could be with props – like pots and pans and woodedn spoons to copy the sounds in the story! (But perhaps not at bedtime!)

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Sorry Dad! by Maxine Lee is a cute story about Dad cat and little cat spendin they day together doing lots of fun things – but also having lots of mishaps and a little tiff. This book shows that sometimes even the bestest friends fall out, but that making up is sometimes the best part. I think my favourite thing about this story is the illustrations and text going all over the page – it is very expressive!

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Big Bad Bill on the Naughty Step by Mark Sperring is an excellent story to help kids understand the importance of accepting responsibility and the consequences of misbehaviour and also why it is so important to apologise to those whose feelings have been hurt by their actions. It also has a cowboy and a pirate, so….

Things to make – Marshmallow Rice Bubble Slice

This delicious and simple treat can, in my opinion, be considered quite naughty, due to the very unhealthy nature of the contents. But – who cares? That’s what this week is about – NAUGHTY!

Ingredients:

6 cups of Rice Bubbles (cheap brands are fine)
75 g butter
1 1/2 packets of marshmallows (pink and white)

Method:

  1. Grease and line a slice pan with baking paper.
  2. Gently melt the butter over low heat in a large saucepan.
  3. Gradually add the marshmallows to the butter, stirring until all melted together. (This is a good spot for little helpers to toss the marshmallows in while you stir)
  4. Add the ricebubbles and stir through quickly.
  5. Press down and allow to cook before slicing.

Note: You could also add some choc chips, or small pieces of dried apricot or other dried fruits to this.