(I was going to put this up immediately after taking ds to school but then our internet was down for a few hours! ack!)
I thought we'd get "list" of specifics going. Not just "I use gentle discipline" but tell exactly what the child did and what you did in response.
Also, how bout tossing in some specific examples of relationship-building activities, as that is of coure the foundation of discipline.
I thought that this thread could be multi-purpose - list some examples that you can think of off the top of your head that you either had a good solution or are wondering about a better one. If your child does something or has done something recently and you honestly aren't sure how to handle it, or wonder if there might have been a better way, ask for suggestions. And others can respond with their thoughts.
Make sure you mention your child's age, as that will greatly effect the specifics on how it should be handled.
I'll start by listing out a couple of the things we've dealt with in the last week.
1 - Mikayla (4.5) opened and climbed out the window in their playroom. Also threw a toy dinosaur out. The window does "lock" but they can easily unlock it. *How we responded - honestly, we didn't do anything to punish her, as we were too wrapped up in #2. We'd been trying to think of ways to kid-proof that window while still being safe for fires. We're going to try putting a child gate in the window and see if that works. But we also need to address the safety aspect with her, not just block her from doing it again.
2 - While that window was open, and actually, in response to Mikayla tossing out the dino, Aaric tossed out a baseball, which landed on our van windshield. *He's been doing a lot of chores for the past week, and this will continue for at least another week. He does seem to understand, but he doesn't really grasp the concept of $200 being a lot of money.
So if you have other ideas for ways to handle those, toss them out there!
I'll add more later. Unfortunately, I have loads.
So add to this! Toss out other examples of things you've done that worked for other situations. I just think it will help to see specifics about how other parents handle certain scenarios, as opposed to just saying "we use time outs, we use redirection, etc"