There's more to discipline than just the time out. Clever parents have developed out-of-the-box ways to communite to their kids that they did wrong, and to deter them from acting out again.
A Reddit thread asked "What's the most creative punishment your parents gave to you?" and the incredibly amusing answers ranged from psychological mind games to excessive cuddling.
Making 7 kids shovel snow using pots and pans because we lost the snow shovels building snow forts.-dzenib
My parents always made us repair things we broke.
One day my sister and I were rough housing and we accidentally made a hole on the wall. So my dad drove us to Home Depot and told us that we both had to figure out on our own how to fix the hole.
We had to to talk to the employees on our own, ask our own questions, gather repair items, select paint color, and bought a home repair magazine on own. We then had to fix the hole on our own. We messed up a lot, it looked wonky and we picked the wrong paint color. We learned the value of taking care of our things, we realized how hard it was to fix things and we learned new skills.
All this without yelling, punishment or a lecture.-aidan-fox