- Connecticut Head Teacher Certified
- Associate of Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Early Childhood Development
- Bachelor of Psychology with a focus on Child & Adolescent Development
- Master of Psychology
- Certified Lactation Counselor
- Mental Health First Aid Certified
- 2020Mom Ambassador
A little about me-
Hello, I’m Bonnie Jahns, owner of Snuggle Nugget Children’s Books! I live in Southeastern Connecticut with my fiance and 14-year-old son. I am relatively new to being a Book Lady, but it seems a natural extension of my work experience over the past 15 years. For several years I was an early childhood teacher working with babies as young as six weeks up to kids of about twelve years old. Afterwards I switched gears a bit and took a job as a parent educator with Early Head Start which I had for almost six years. My favorite aspect of those positions was connecting children with books and activities that would foster their development, and I loved coaching parents on ways that they could help their children learn at home.
Another passion of mine is parental mental health. For the last couple of years I have been working as a case manager in a private counseling practice, and have been struck almost daily by the huge amounts of stress that most parents are under, particularly moms. I try, whenever I can, to support overwhelmed parents and normalize that experience for them. It can be isolating to hold yourself to a supermom standard, or feel that the world is holding you to it, and I think it’s healthy to be reminded that no parent is perfect and we are all just muddling through as best we can.
Ideally I would like the Snuggle Nugget Children’s Book community to be a place where imperfect parents can connect authentically with one another while being supported in their role as their child’s first, and most important, teacher. I hope that you will help me in this by joining the Snuggle Nugget Book Club on Facebook and sharing your parenting mishaps, your funny kid stories, and your experiences teaching your children at home. I am looking forward to getting to know you as your Book Lady, and as a friend.