Oh... I'm probably going to get in deep, you guys know me. But all this discipline talk brought up an incident in which I would like to know how you guys would have handled it. I don't think discipline is the right word... anyways.
Last year we were at the river and my niece (seriously the best kid ever) who was turning 8 got a set of walkie talkies from me. She had wanted "real" ones SO bad and was SO excited about them. Our cousin from out of town was there, 4.5 years old, and he said he wanted to play with them, and she instantly gave him one and she played with him for about 5 minutes, but since her best friend was there, as soon as the 4 year old laid his down to play with something else, she got it and gave it to her bff, and they went off playing. Well, the little cousin had a melt down and cried & cried & cried about it, wanting to play with the walkie talkie. His mom kept saying "it's okay to cry if you are sad, but you're not playing with it, it is Katie Beth's present, and you can have it when they are done". Which IMO was great... but, it went on for over 5 minutes, him wailing to the point of nobody else really being able to talk over the noise... and she kept telling him "its okay to cry"... got old quick.
I'm not saying it was wrong how it was handled... but I "think" if it were my child and they were old enough to understand (which I feel he was), I would have told him to dry up and then if that didn't work would have went into discipline mode, or at least moved him out of the area.
I'm not saying I won't let my kids cry... but I think it would get to a point when they're being kinda "bratty" that I would tell them to knock it off or remove them.... what do you think? What's your style?