No one understands how essential water safety is than a Mom whose kids have access to back yard pools. Whether she's teaching at the pool or cooking delicious meals with her daughters, Super Swimmer Mom on the Street Jessica Box is doing essential work.
When the pandemic hit, swimming lessons closed, Mother-of-three Jessica Box successfully lobbied CA Governor Gavin Newson to deem infant aquatic and infant swim rescue services as “essential” to combat the epidemic of drownings in the state. Her business, SoCal Survival Swimming, was the first, and still only, swim program in the United States to receive an “essential business” stamp of approval.
The motivation for Jessica's work is making sure that she can do her part in helping ensure no more children drown, especially in areas where pool access is common. As a mother, Jessica knows that it's impossible for parents to watch kids every moment. Because she brought her own young daughters to homes with pools, she understands the danger this poses to children. Jessica made it her mission to reduce the number of childhood drownings through swim instruction and education. In addition to SoCal Survival Swimming, Jessica also founded a nonprofit, One Baby at a Time Foundation, to enable even more families to access life-saving swim instruction.
What’s your favorite way to spend time with your family?
I work a lot, and my days are jam-packed, so my favorite way to unwind and spend time with my three daughters is simply to relax at our house, cook delicious meals and work on DIY projects. We also enjoy crafting!
What’s been your best family vacation?
That would definitely be the trip I went on with my mom and best friend to Greece, Turkey, and Italy.
What’s your favorite family game?
We love all sorts of card games, especially gin rummy and Chinese checkers.
What song gets everyone in the family dancing?
Can’t Stop the Feeling! (From the Trolls soundtrack, of course!)
What’s your go-to family dinner?
I make a lot of warm, comfort foods, like soup.
What’s your favorite family restaurant?
I love sushi.
Best parenting advice:
Do yoga, lots and lots of yoga! And rely on those deep breaths to get you through the difficult times.
What are some of the best things your kids have taught you?
Deep breaths. Ha. Well, and unconditional love too.
Parenting true confession:
When my kids fight, I let them figure it out (unless there’s blood, of course!). But it’s better for them to work it out than have me hoover over them all the time; it teaches them to problem solve. And confession? Sometimes it works, and sometimes, not so much!
What 5 things are you most likely to have in your purse at all times?
Sunglasses, AirPods, lip gloss, Dum Dums (I give these to the kids after swim lessons), and a phone charger because I’m always running around, so my phone is always dying!
What’s your favorite part about being a parent?
My three girls have already taught me so much — about life, about love, about the world. And I love watching them play with each other; the sibling love they have for each other is truly beautiful.
Favorite parenting hack:
Putting myself in time out!
What’s your favorite show to binge-watch?
Call the Midwife.
If you could pick anyone to star as you in a movie based on your life, who would it be?
Sofia Coppola, if she still acted! But I’d be happy to have her direct a movie about me.
What’s your favorite beach read?
I love historical fiction.
If you could spend a day with anyone from history, living or deceased, who would it be?
Princess Diana, for sure. I would love to get on the dirt on the Royal Family from her!
What’s at the top of your travel bucket list?
Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Oh yeah. I love designer shoes — preferably anything in a red box! And pricey purses too!
What’s your favorite form of self-care?
Hot yoga. Gotta sweat it all out.
What’s your favorite way to unwind at the end of a long day?
A nice glass of red wine and peace and quiet.