Carolyn Prien

A NH native, Carolyn Prien spent 15 years in NYC and Boston as an elementary teacher and independent school administrator. When her oldest was a year old, she and her husband Justin made the decision to move back to where they could be at the beach or the mountains easily – why choose? Now a mama to three energetic girls, ages 6, 4, and 2, Carolyn spends her days trying to stay in the “thrive” zone with her family as opposed to the “survive” zone. She works part time at the NH Literacy Institutes at UNH and is inspired by the teachers and professors who are equally passionate about education. Nearby grandmothers are her crutch, along with running, her backyard, a minivan, and shameless online shopping. She is always in the middle of a book, because sometimes at the end of the day she just needs to read in silence.

An A+ Guide to Shopping the Seacoast for 2021 Teacher Gifts

As you put together gifting lists this year, top names should include your child's teacher. They certainly deserve priority slots for thoughtfulness! A great tip is to shop local and skip the stress over...
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Your Child is a “Math Kid”: 6 Ways for Parents to Reinforce Math Learning

The first parent-teacher conferences of the year are here! In these initial meetings, students strengths are highlighted and goals are identified. Math learning is discussed. However, do you know much about how your child...
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Three Child-Approved Podcasts for Kids for Screen Free Fun

Car rides with young children are...enjoyable. Not exactly! Car rides with little kids are... quiet. Nope, not if they are awake! However, car rides can be both of these with some quality podcasts for...
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I Reviewed 5 Popular Meal Subscription Services:: Here’s My Favorite

I love to cook but these days, my affinity for culinary arts is laying dormant. We are a family of five with three picky eaters, which is a whole other blog post. Plus, my...

Grab Some “Bins” and Start Birdwatching with Your Kids

Getting outside is the most valuable thing I do with my children. Each time we venture out as a family, I quickly forget the details it takes to get out the door. At some...

Healthy Hormones: What I Learned and You Should Know

Do you realize how much your body communicates? There are reasons for your sleep/wake circadian cycles, feeling hot or cold, craving chocolate or french fries, anxiety, digestive issues, and your moods. They are all...

Gun Safety and NH Schools: Do You Know the Facts?

Dropping my children off at school feels heavy these days. Their safety is always my priority and this year feels especially hard. The other day, as my masked daughter leapt from our car to...
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