17 episodes

If you’re an adoptive parent and you’re looking for a bit of encouragement, needed laughter, and a gentle reminder that you’re not alone, you’re in the right place. Michael and Christy Pritchard know firsthand that beneath the surface of your beautiful family lies layers of questions and hurts that are now woven into your everyday life. 

Each week on Diapers to Diplomas, you’ll hear authentic stories and practical next steps to help you lead your family with wisdom and discernment. Not only will you hear from the Pritchards’ personal experience, but they’ll be joined by other parents, as well as professionals, who will help your family move forward.

Our adoption story - Episodes 2 & 3
Adoption specific topics - begin with Episode 12

Diapers to Diplomas | Genuine Adoption Conversations Michael & Christy Pritchard

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 89 Ratings

If you’re an adoptive parent and you’re looking for a bit of encouragement, needed laughter, and a gentle reminder that you’re not alone, you’re in the right place. Michael and Christy Pritchard know firsthand that beneath the surface of your beautiful family lies layers of questions and hurts that are now woven into your everyday life. 

Each week on Diapers to Diplomas, you’ll hear authentic stories and practical next steps to help you lead your family with wisdom and discernment. Not only will you hear from the Pritchards’ personal experience, but they’ll be joined by other parents, as well as professionals, who will help your family move forward.

Our adoption story - Episodes 2 & 3
Adoption specific topics - begin with Episode 12

    How to 'Look Behind' the Behavior: An Introduction to Childhood Trauma

    How to 'Look Behind' the Behavior: An Introduction to Childhood Trauma

    Did your adopted child experience abuse or neglect before you adopted them? Join us today as we talk with Dr. Ron Mumbower about the effects of trauma on children. Not only did Ron experience abuse as a child, but he is also a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. He has been a counselor for over 35 years, and one of his specialties is trauma. This episode will help you ‘look behind’ your child’s challenging behavior that results from trauma so you can better meet his or her needs.
     
    Books Recommended by Ron:
    The Body Keeps the Score – Bessel van der Kolk
    The Soul of Shame – Curt Thompson
    (Michael and Christy have not read these books, so they cannot give a personal endorsement concerning their content.)
     
    Connect with Ron:
    Facebook: @rmumbower
     
    Connect with Michael:
    Facebook – @MichaelPritchard901
    Instagram – @MichaelPritchard901
     
    Connect with Christy:
    Facebook – @ChristyPritchard901
    Instagram – @ChristyPritchard901

    • 23 min
    People are Staring...Again

    People are Staring...Again

    Adopted, transracial families stick out wherever they go. No matter where they are, their family’s racial makeup will always prompt curiosity in others. People will stare. You will get questions. Kids will make offhanded comments. People will offer unsolicited advice. But how should you respond in these situations? Are you obligated to give everyone your family’s life story? Should you keep everyone at arm’s length?
     
    Join Michael and Christy today as they share about a time when someone thought Christy was kidnapping her own children during an epic meltdown in Kroger. Plus, they’ll help you think through how to respond to people’s curiosity concerning your conspicuous family.
     
    Connect with Michael:
    Facebook – @MichaelPritchard901
    Instagram – @MichaelPritchard901
     
    Connect with Christy:
    Facebook – @ChristyPritchard901
    Instagram – @ChristyPritchard901

    • 25 min
    Meeting Racism Face to Face

    Meeting Racism Face to Face

    “It’s a monkey!”
    “She’s not even human.”
    “She’s a n-----.”
    “I don’t like her kind.”
    “I want her to be dead.”  
     
    As a white adoptive mom of a daughter from Ethiopia, Holly Prosser has seen racism up close many times. The fact that racism is alive and well in our society was a shock to her, and she was unprepared for that reality.
     
    Listen in on our conversation with Holly as she shares her experience raising a black daughter, and you will be shocked by her stories. If you’re a white parent of a transracial family, it may be uncomfortable to hear what your children may experience because of their color, but you can take proactive steps today to ensure they are prepared.
     
    CONNECT WITH HOLLY PROSSER
    Colliding with Grace – Holly’s book
    What you Love – Holly’s podcast with Elaina Barron
    Facebook
    Instagram
     
    BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
    (Michael and Christy have not read these books, so they cannot give a personal endorsement concerning their content. They were mentioned in the episode, so links are provided for your own personal research.)
     
    White Awake – Daniel Hill
    Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria – Beverly Daniel Tatum
     
    Connect with Michael:
    Facebook – @MichaelPritchard901
    Instagram – @MichaelPritchard901
     
    Connect with Christy:
    Facebook – @ChristyPritchard901
    Instagram – @ChristyPritchard901

    • 24 min
    Beauty from (Everyone's) Brokenness

    Beauty from (Everyone's) Brokenness

    Brokenness. It’s a word we all try to avoid. No one wants to be known as “broken.” Yet, adoption exists because of brokenness.
    Often, the focus lands on the adopted child’s brokenness. Her background is rough. He experienced instability. She had no one to love her. He’s lived in four foster homes. Because these children need help, we rightly place our full attention on helping them with the loss, pain, and trauma of their past. 
    However, there is still another person whose brokenness must be healed.
    Yours.
    As an adoptive parent, are you willing to admit that you’re broken? If so, then your adoption can truly become beautiful.
    Connect with Michael:
    Facebook – @MichaelPritchard901
    Instagram – @MichaelPritchard901
     
    Connect with Christy:
    Facebook – @ChristyPritchard901
    Instagram – @ChristyPritchard901

    • 26 min
    A New Direction for Diapers to Diplomas

    A New Direction for Diapers to Diplomas

    If you’re an adoptive parent and you’re looking for a bit of encouragement, needed laughter, and a gentle reminder that you’re not alone, you’re in the right place. Michael and Christy Pritchard know firsthand that beneath the surface of your beautiful family lies layers of questions and hurts that are now woven into your everyday life. 
     
    Each week on Diapers to Diplomas, you’ll hear authentic stories and practical next steps to help you lead your family with wisdom and discernment. Not only will you hear from the Pritchards’ personal experience, but they’ll be joined by other parents, as well as professionals, who will help your family move forward.
    Our next full episode will be released on Tuesday, September 28. 

    • 1 min
    Podcast Update

    Podcast Update

    We're taking a small break from our regular episodes to prepare for Season 2. If there is an episode from Season 1 that has been encouraging for you, be sure to share it with a friend. See you in just a few weeks! 

    • 4 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
89 Ratings

89 Ratings

MeMyselfAndI1967 ,

Diapers to Diplomas

Great reminders (and new lessons) for everyone, not just parents! Thanks!!!

Mandy Holton ,

Loved your transparency!!

Thanks for sharing! I loved listening and hearing you share the difficulties you’ve faced in marriage and parenting. ❤️❤️

loveeachstone ,

Colorblind?

Engaging, thoughtful, and encouraging! Well worth the listen!

Top Podcasts In Kids & Family

You Might Also Like