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Family Matters

The heart of Dr. Thurber’s passion as a professional educator is the family system. His booksvideos, and articlesembrace a diverse and fulsome notion of family. Each is an attempt to find humor, ease pain, and improve lives.

We have our work families, our play families, our school families, our camp families, and–of course–our biological families. You’ll find something for everyone on this page.

Looking for Prep4Camp, the 25-minute video that prevents homesickness? Click here.

Click a category below to see awesome educational content for families.


Prevent intense homesickness with a proven combination of video for families, podcast for parents, and PDF for kids.


Moms and dads love the insights and advice woven through Dr. Chris’s podcasts and radio spots. A fresh look at parenting and youth development.


Families rave about Dr. Chris’s keynotes and interactive workshops on parenting, relationships, and communication.

“Chris Thurber delivers practical wisdom about the struggles that girls and boys encounter as they learn and grow in schools and camps. Our faculty appreciated hearing from someone who knows first-hand what it’s like to be in the classroom and who brings the insight of a highly trained psychologist to teaching and learning. Chris’s wonderfully precise vocabulary, humor and casual manner earned him a lot of big fans at Avenues!”

Ty Tingley Co-Founder, Avenues, The World School

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