275 episodes

The Parents Who Think debate podcast interrupts our parenting status quo. Join Danusia Malina-Derben entrepreneur, author and mother of 10 for no-holds-barred debates between intelligent parents with diverse perspectives as they deliver raw and unfiltered opinions on crucial parenting dilemmas. Whether you see yourself as a mainstream parent or embrace ‘marginalized’ views, PWT injects clarity into the hard realities of parenthood. Agreement is not the goal in the show; it’s about finding your unique path in the messy, real-world chaos of raising kids. Flex your agency, think, and redefine modern parenthood with PWT, where debate is done different.

Parents Who Think Danusia Malina-Derben

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 45 Ratings

The Parents Who Think debate podcast interrupts our parenting status quo. Join Danusia Malina-Derben entrepreneur, author and mother of 10 for no-holds-barred debates between intelligent parents with diverse perspectives as they deliver raw and unfiltered opinions on crucial parenting dilemmas. Whether you see yourself as a mainstream parent or embrace ‘marginalized’ views, PWT injects clarity into the hard realities of parenthood. Agreement is not the goal in the show; it’s about finding your unique path in the messy, real-world chaos of raising kids. Flex your agency, think, and redefine modern parenthood with PWT, where debate is done different.

    Should Parents Let Their Underage Children Drink Alcohol? Part 2

    Should Parents Let Their Underage Children Drink Alcohol? Part 2

    Opinionated parents weigh in on the topic of underage drinking. Listen to debate guests discuss the reasons for and against allowing underage kids to drink alcohol. Is normalizing alcohol consumption harmful, and if so, why? Should parents introduce alcohol to their underage children to prepare them for adulthood? What are the risks of endorsing underage drinking?
     
    Get surprising answers to these questions from guests who candidly give their perspectives. Share your thoughts on this debate by emailing team@parentswhothink.co.uk or by visiting the PWT YouTube channel.
     
    Next week, we get stuck into the real-world implications of these parents beliefs. How do their beliefs affect their lives? Remember, Parents Who Think won't hand you the answers; we're dishing out the debates, and it's up to you to pick your side.
     
    PWT Guests featured in this debate are:
    Keiyia Jackson-George +Dave Wilson+ Casey McMurray
     
    Discover more from us:
    • Join us on PWT Substack 
    • World Health Organisation Study 
    • Follow us on Instagram
    • Connect with Danusia 
    • Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts
    • Advertising Inquiries here
     
    Credits:
    • Hosted by Danusia Malina-Derben
    • Edited, Mixed + Mastered by Roger Heathers
    • Assisted by Marie Kruz
    • Cover art by Anthony Oram

    • 57 min
    Should Parents Let Their Underage Children Drink Alcohol? Part 1

    Should Parents Let Their Underage Children Drink Alcohol? Part 1

    Opinionated parents sound off about whether underage kids should drink alcohol. Who are the three parents in this hot debate? Do they have predictable, progressive or polarising opinions? What’s the link between their childhood and what they think about underage kids drinking booze?
     
    Have your say at team@parentswhothink.co.uk or over at the  PWT Youtube channel
     
    PWT Guests featured in this debate are:
    Keiyia Jackson-George +Dave Wilson+ Casey McMurray
     
    Discover more from us:
    • Join us on PWT Substack 
    • World Health Organisation Study 
    • Follow us on Instagram
    • Connect with Danusia 
    • Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts
    • Advertising Inquiries here
     
    Credits:
    • Hosted by Danusia Malina-Derben
    • Edited, Mixed + Mastered by Roger Heathers
    • Assisted by Marie Kruz
    • Cover art by Anthony Oram

    • 51 min
    Whole Debate 4: Should Smacking be Banned in England & Northern Ireland?

    Whole Debate 4: Should Smacking be Banned in England & Northern Ireland?

    This special episode is perfect for binge listeners! Listen to the complete "Should Smacking be Banned in England & Northern Ireland?" debate and enjoy an uninterrupted exploration of this thought-provoking topic. Three parents share their unfiltered thoughts and opinions, holding nothing back.
     
    We start with guests presenting their quick 200-word LIFE STORIES, then move on to THE P THAT FITS ME segment, where they disclose whether they see themselves as Progressive, Predictable, or Polarising. Host and mother of ten Danusia shares her experiences in the DISHING THE DIRT segment before diving into the main discussion in GET UP ON YOUR HIGH HORSE.
     
    In the IF THIS, THEN THAT section, we lay bare the consequences of smacking, without any sugarcoating. We explore the ONE HABIT each guest adopts based on their stance, highlighting how beliefs influence actions.
     
    Danusia wraps up the “Should smacking be banned in England & Northern Ireland?” with her own reflections.  Consider this: Did this debate challenge your perspective or prompt a rethink of your beliefs? At Parents Who Think, we aim to spark thought, not dictate it.
     
    Join us next time as we tackle the big question: "Should Parents Let Their Under-Age Kids Drink Alcohol?" Get ready for debate done differently.
     
    PWT Guests featured in this debate are:
    Roma Norriss + Jo Bull + Nicole Ratcliffe
     
    Discover more from us:
    • Join us on Substack ~ We’re building a PWT community there. Come on over. 
    • 70 countries that banned smacking 
    • Smacking is an act of violence Guardian article 
    • Why smacking should not be criminalised article
    • Follow us on Instagram
    • Connect with Danusia
    • Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts 
    • Advertising Inquiries here
     
    Credits:
    • Hosted by Danusia Malina-Derben 
    • Edited, Mixed + Mastered by Roger Heathers
    • Assisted by Marie Kruz
    • Cover art by Anthony Oram

    • 2 hrs 18 min
    Should Smacking be Banned in England & Northern Ireland? Part 3

    Should Smacking be Banned in England & Northern Ireland? Part 3

    Join us for the final episode of the “Should Smacking be Banned in England and Northern Ireland?” debate. Our three guests tackle tough questions head-on as they openly discuss their views on smacking and whether it should be banned. From examining its impact on children to exploring the cultural acceptance of smacking, we delve into the consequences in our IF THIS THEN THAT segment.
     
    Next, we reveal the ONE HABIT each guest has developed based on their stance on children being smacked. Get an inside look at how these strong beliefs shape their everyday actions and approaches to handling parental stress and dysregulation.
     
    Prepare for lively views as our guests present their arguments, whether they support or oppose banning smacking in England and Northern Ireland. Expect a mix of raw honesty, straightforward reflections, and a touch of sass – because at Parents Who Think (PWT), we thrive on the clash of ideas, never settling for empty agreement.
     
    As host Danusia concludes the debate, she shares her personal perspective on whether smacking should be banned. After listening to this concluding debate conversation, take a moment to reflect: Has this debate changed your view? Has it made you think about your beliefs around a ban on smacking? Ultimately, ask yourself: Did this episode make you think? At Parents Who Think we present the debates, and you see what you think.
     
    Join us for the next PWT debate as we tackle the controversial question: “Should parents let their underage children drink alcohol?” Get ready for a debate like no other!
     
    PWT Guests featured in this debate are:
    Roma Norriss + Jo Bull + Nicole Ratcliffe
     
    Discover more from us:
    • Join us on Substack ~ We’re building a PWT community there. Come on over. 
    • 70 countries that banned smacking 
    • Smacking is an act of violence Guardian article 
    • Why smacking should not be criminalised article
    • Follow us on Instagram
    • Connect with Danusia
    • Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts 
    • Advertising Inquiries here
     
    Credits:
    • Hosted by Danusia Malina-Derben 
    • Edited, Mixed + Mastered by Roger Heathers
    • Assisted by Marie Kruz
    • Cover art by Anthony Oram

    • 42 min
    Should Smacking be Banned in England & Northern Ireland? Part 2

    Should Smacking be Banned in England & Northern Ireland? Part 2

    Parents Who Think (PWT) guests Jo, Roma and Nicole “Get Up On Their High Horse” in our “Should Smacking be Banned in England and Northern Ireland?” debate. Didn’t listen to episode one of this debate? Don’t worry.
     
    If you’ve a newcomer to PWT debates you can catch up on details in a quick  10-minute episode, telling you how these PWT debates work and meet host, Danusia Malina-Derben. But if you're in a rush, just dive into this episode where Danusia and three parents discuss whether smacking should be banned in England and Northern Ireland, or not.
     
    In this episode, we begin with guests sharing their most challenging parenting moments that led to smacking or rough handling. Brace yourself for candid and unfiltered stories as these PWT parents recount the times when they resorted to physical discipline.
     
    The heart of this episode is our "Get Up On Your High Horse" segment, where differing opinions clash, and reaching a consensus is not our goal. Here's a glimpse of what you'll hear:
     
    Self-Regulation Advocate - One parent emphasises the importance of parents developing self-regulation skills to create a safe environment for their children.
    Pro-Education Stance - Another parent argues for mandatory parent education to support those struggling, rather than criminalizing parents who are doing their best under difficult circumstances. She highlights the impact of sleep deprivation in her case against banning smacking.
     
    Ban Smacking Proponent -  The final guest advocates for an outright ban on smacking, dismissing arguments for 'reasonable punishment’.
     
    Key Discussions:
    - The blurred lines in defining physical punishment.
    - Whether some parents might be granted accommodations.
    - The cultural shift required to move away from smacking as a norm. 
     
    Next week, we'll explore the real-world implications of these parents' beliefs. At Parents Who Think, we don’t hand out answers; we spark debates and leave it to you to choose your side. Join us for our thought-provoking close-out discussion that challenges traditional views on parenting and physical punishments.
     
    PWT Guests featured in this debate are:
    Roma Norriss + Jo Bull + Nicole Ratcliffe
     
    Discover more from us:
    • Join us on Substack ~ We’re building a PWT community there. Come on over. 
    • 70 countries that banned smacking 
    • Smacking is an act of violence Guardian article 
    • Why smacking should not be criminalised article
    • Follow us on Instagram
    • Connect with Danusia
    • Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts 
    • Advertising Inquiries here
     
    Credits:
    • Hosted by Danusia Malina-Derben 
    • Edited, Mixed + Mastered by Roger Heathers
    • Assisted by Marie Kruz
    • Cover art by Anthony Oram

    • 49 min
    Should Smacking be Banned in England & Northern Ireland? Part 1

    Should Smacking be Banned in England & Northern Ireland? Part 1

    For our "Should Smacking be Banned in England & Northern Ireland?" debate, host Danusia Malina-Derben speaks with Roma Norriss + Jo Bull + Nicole Ratcliffe . Two guests firmly advocate for a ban (but for different reasons), while one urges us to tread carefully before implementing these measures. 
     
    Part 1 kicks off by delving into the lives of these three debate parents when they share the heart of their Life Stories in 200 words. Then the conversation unfolds, as Danusia opens up about her personal journey with smacking in the Dishing the Dirt segment, setting the stage for the challenging dialogue to come. Despite her composed demeanor, she candidly shares her unvarnished experiences, rooted in her role as a devoted mother to ten children.
     
    In the Say It In Six segment, guests condense their views into six succinct words, offering a glimpse into their perspectives. Following this, we move onto The P That Fits Me, where they reveal whether they identify as having Predictable, Progressive, or Polarizing opinions—a segment bound to spark disagreement!
     
    With our topic heating up, guests unpack their stances on whether smacking should be banned in England and Northern Ireland, by sharing about their childhoods and they begin to reveal the complexities beneath the surface. Is this topic as clear cut as we maybe thought?!
     
    Join us next week for Part 2 of this debate, where things get even messier as our PWT parents return to argue their case. Get ready for serious truth-telling in the core Get Up On Your High Horse segment. Don't miss out on the tea-spilling action!
     
    By the way, if you're new to Parents Who Think, this 10-minute episode, gives the lowdown on how PWT debates work and introduces you properly to host, Danusia Malina-Derben.
     
    PWT Guests featured in this debate are:
    Roma Norriss + Jo Bull + Nicole Ratcliffe
     
    Discover more from us:
    • Join us on Substack ~ We’ve developed a nice little community there. Come on over.
    • 70 countries that banned smacking
    • Smacking is an act of violence Guardian article
    • Why smacking should not be criminalised article
    • Follow us on Instagram
    • Connect with Danusia 
    • Leave us a review on Apple Podcasts
    • Advertising Inquiries here
     
    Credits:
    • Hosted by Danusia Malina-Derben 
    • Edited, Mixed + Mastered by Roger Heathers
    • Assisted by Marie Kruz
    • Cover art by Anthony Oram

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
45 Ratings

45 Ratings

Sparkly1001 ,

Format of the future

Loved the format of this podcast, it’s original and well thought out, others should take note. Interesting mix of perspectives and input from the host. Would definitely recommend!

Ange de lumiere ,

Love hearing different points of view

It helps me challenge my own thinking.

I listened to your new podcast and I love it. I already had two aha moments about the favourite child. The fact that it can be a temporary thing and each child can have their chance at it… but also that it’s worse to pretend to not have one if you do. Awareness is always so key. If you are aware, you can decide whether it is something you want to pursue or not. And I am confident your debate will give parents food for thought to make their own decisions.

And I also resonate with the idea that you can get along better with one child. It’s not favouritism in that case, not to me anyway. Looking forward to having a peek into the consequences of favouritism. I know them personally, as a favourite child: being my dad’s favourite entailed a lot of jealousy not just from my siblings but my mum. Not a nice experience.

dillydonks ,

Cannot stop listening!

I love this podcast so much, I’ve never been one to listen to podcasts before but I am hooked! This is so positive and relatable and funny too!!

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