After the birth of my daughter Molly in January 2016, I took to sharing her experiences learning to love the waterΒ 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, with a gentle and mindful approach (as part of growing into my parenting strategies), and without the commitment of formal swimming lessons (too tired for all that!) I dedicated Molly’s bath times to learning swim skills through play and a tiny bit of coaching.

It wasn’t long before other parents of young children noticed her abilities, began asking questions, and commenting on Molly’s comfort with, and later her confidence in, the water. I started this blog shortly after her birth when so many new experiences occurred, but I owe my momentum to 1.) the friends and readers who continue to show an interest on the topic, and 2.) my drive to give access to resources so all families can help their little ones grow into stronger, safer swimmers… it’s a life saving skill.

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 the foundational skills of swimming and water safety necessary for learning to swim fearlessly.

About Jenny: A Sun Lovin’ Mom Blogger in Seattle

I’m Jenny, the editor behind the Pool Mom blog. I created this blog to reconnect with two of my hobbies, feature writing and magazine design; to expand my definition of what being a “swim instructor” meant to me; and to impact children’s lives positively. My husband and I live in the Greater Seattle Area with our daughter. We have a “foster fail,” meaning our foster pup hooked us with her spunky persondogality and we decided to selfishly adopt her for ourselves.

Family at Crescent Bar

The 3 amigos; thanks to the lady on the beach for this one!

I launched this blog with a focus on teaching swimming to babies. Learning to swim is a life saving skill, and this is the driving force behind my passion to teach children to love the water and to swim safer. I have more than 15 years of experience teaching swimming lessons to children of all ages, and taught elementary school for more than 7 years. I hold a Master’s degree in Education. I’m learning a lot as a mom. I love my life as a mama, and weave themes of motherhood into my writing as it rounds out my blog in a way that feels satisfying and whole. I enjoy sharing my teaching methods with other parents via the lens of motherhood in the water.

I love cheesy jokes and probably err on the side of empathy a little too often. 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’m thorough and honest, so you will always know I’ve given a lot of thought, and usually even some research, to whatever I say or post. πŸ˜‰

If you’d like to get to know more about me and how I came to be such a know-it-all about momhood and swimming (I’m not really “that girl”), hop on over to this in-depth page (I call itΒ Long Stories) where I tell even more stories about my personal journey into becoming a parent, my swimming knowledge base, and how I directly connected bath time to instilling Molly with a love for the water. This is mostly for my mom’s enjoyment. πŸ˜‰

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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