After the birth of my daughter Molly in January 2016, I took to sharing her experiences learning to love the water in the bathtub with friends and followers on my Facebook and Instagram feeds.

My goal? To demonstrate the “learning to swim” process.

Beginning in her infancy, I wanted to teach Molly a love for the water, and I wanted to teach her gently and mindfully, without committing to the time and cost involved with formal swimming lessons. I did this by dedicating Molly’s bath times to learning swim skills through play and a tiny bit of coaching from me.

It wasn’t long before others noticed Molly’s confidence and happy attitude in the water. I started the Pool Mom blog shortly after her birth, but I owe my momentum to 1.) the friends and readers who continue showing an interest in our journey, and 2.) my desire to provide access to resources so all families can help their little ones grow into stronger, safer swimmers.

Our Purpose

Pool Mom is a blog dedicated to the belief that teaching babies to love the water through positive parenting and dedicated playtime in the bath, as well as swim skills and water safety, helps children grow confidently into lifelong swimmers.

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Molly’s first summer, photo by Jane G. Photography

What We Do

Getting yourself and your baby comfortable with the water isn’t always easy, but with a few strategies and a growth mindset, it’s attainable for every caregiver and child.
The Pool Mom blog strives to be a positive access point to resources
that help parents teach their babies foundational swim skills and water safety necessary for learning to swim fearlessly.

About Jenny: A Sun Lovin’ Mom Blogger in Seattle

I’m Jenny, the editor of the Pool Mom blog, who smushed together my love of mom’ing, creating, teaching, and learning to put this project into the world.

I designed Pool Mom to fulfill a few needs: to reconnect with my creative side AND give back to my community. Through photography, feature writing, and design, I get to use my imagination while sharing our learning-to-swim journey with others. Through writing, I get to expand my definition of what being a “swim instructor” and “educator” means to me, and impact children’s lives positively.

My husband and I live in the Greater Seattle Area with our daughter Molly, and “fur-st born,” our rescue pup named Nalu.

Family at Crescent Bar

Three amigos; thanks to the lady on the beach for this one!

Jenny’s Teaching Background

A brief resume:

  • Swim instructor, 17+ years
  • Classroom teacher, 7+ years
  • Mama since 2016

Learning to swim is a life saving skill, and this fact drives my passion to teach children to love the water and to swim safer. I launched the Pool Mom blog to help caregivers teach swimming skills to babies.

My favorite approach to teaching is to let kids set the pace, which can honestly feel slow-going at times to us grownups, right? I believe in play. I believe in simplicity. I believe in the great outdoors. I believe in teaching with empathy, including holding space for emotions and developmentally-appropriate learning opportunities (sometimes referred to as “mistakes.”) You will always know I’ve given a lot of thought and a bit of research to a topic I post because I’m thorough and like knowledge grounded in facts. 😉

My first “real” job in high school – age 15 and teaching swimming lessons – started me down this path, although of course I didn’t realize at the time that I’d still be at it nearly decades later! Teaching swimming lessons led me into a career of working with children in the elementary classroom, learning from experts in workshops and seminars to understand the best research-based methods of instruction, and garnering an appreciation for the ongoing practice of balancing professional learning + educating others.

Now I’m learning a lot as a mom, too. I LOVE this project of sharing my teaching methods with other parents via the lens of motherhood in the water… I get to combine reading and learning with writing and teaching in a creative format. I love my life now that I’m a mama, and I hope it shows in my writing. I spent decades living without inner peace, worked hard to recover after giving birth, and presently, make a point each day to live mindfully with gratitude.

I’d Love to Hear from You!

Say hello, shoot me a specific topic you’d like to learn more about, suggest editorial coverage, or ask about advertising opportunities. Send questions, comments, and concerns to thepoolmom@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.


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