Women Who Rock : The Heart of Kidwx

about-us-photo1I am terrible with names.  It’s embarrassing to have a whole conversation with someone while running through the mental Rolodex. I was at a networking event and ran into a woman who looked familiar, but I couldn’t quite place her. I just knew that I knew her, but was drawing a blank. She connected the dots for me. We belonged to the same gym and went to a lot of the same classes, but had never really met. I’m so much more social when I’m not drenched with sweat and breathing like Darth Vader.

Her name was Linda Nimmo, and it turned out we had a lot in common. We’d both left high-stress corporate careers. I was trying to forge a writing career, she was building a new business. But we had a lot more in common than that. We’d both spent time on the educational support hamster wheel.

In these days of larger class sizes and performance-based testing, teachers don’t always have the resources to support a child who has a screwdriver in a hammer world. I had been there. Linda had been there too, and she and her friend and neighbor Jamie Finch were doing something about it.

Finding  a child service provider, from afterschool programs, to learning resources, to pediatric specialists, is like looking for a needle in…a huge pile of needles. It’s even more confusing and intimidating if your child has a learning disability. There are tutoring programs, independent tutors, testing and evaluation experts, and alternative learning methods. There are camps and specialized schools and non-profit organizations that provide resources for parents. How do you know which combination might work for your child?

You ask another parent.

It really shouldn’t be this hard to find someone you trust with your child. There is a ton of information–unfortunately it’s all distributed. Each parent has their own set of experiences, good and bad, but it’s locked inside the confines of their own social circle. What parents needed, Jamie and Linda decided, was a place that captured all of that information in one place so parents could explore a broader range of choices and feel better about those they pursue. Since it didn’t exist, Jamie and Linda created it, and launched Kidwx.

Kidwx is an information portal where parents can read and provide reviews of child service providers. It’s sort of like an Angie’s List for parents. A subscriber can get kidwxinformation on educational services, remediation and tutoring, enrichment, extracurricular activities, health and wellness providers and support groups and organizations, all reviewed by other members.

“There’s no better advertising than a parent’s heartfelt review,” says Jamie. Kidwx accepts no advertising dollars from service providers. Businesses can subscribe and see reviews so they can address any complaints, but can’t post or edit reviews. Kidwx doesn’t filter reviews, either, so parents get to hear both positive and negative experiences. “That’s the one piece we wouldn’t give up,” Linda said, despite the challenges it posed. “We wanted to stay true to that vision.”

Their passion for this business is heartfelt and rooted in helping children. Linda and Jamie both know how difficult it can be to find the right match for your child. You can spend a small fortune and still not find what you need. When you do find it, it can be a game changer. “We’ve had reviews where a parent has said (this service provider) changed my child’s life.”  What rocks more than that?

The women who created it.

Check it out Kidwx here, and meet two women who rock, just like all of you.

Words by J. B. Everett

5 comments on “Women Who Rock : The Heart of Kidwx

  1. Jamie says:

    What a nice pat on the back! Your words are so kind and appreciate!

  2. Veronica Roth says:

    Very impressive. I remember when Jonathan was diagnosed dyslexic and I thought, “figures, so am I”, but then there was no help for me and I was just pushed, called stupid and made to deal. There wasn’t muchhelp for Jon 20 years ago either so I spent hours reading to him because he had an IQ in the tripple digits at age 9 and so a dynamite memory, but couldn’t sequence. Although I figured most of it out for him, a super group like kidwx would have been so much of a blessing. Would have saved me from all these gray hairs and wrinkles I’m sure.

  3. Linda says:

    We are so energized to help all Parents who may be struggling with finding answers! Thank you for your kindness!

  4. Jeannine, I so completely empathize – with you, with them. Spent years of my kids’ lives (come to think of it, mine too!) trying to connect relevant services. Turns out ‘learning disabilities’ cover the spectrum from one extreme to the other – as did my own kids’ learning needs. But when it’s the other, services aren’t even provided. It’s assumed that giftedness is a form of elitism, that these kids can fend for themselves, that the most natural thing (rather than helping them reach their potential, avoid classroom boredom, stimulate and support their curiosity when they are clearly not mainstream) is to depend on them to tutor the rest of the class. . . It’s terrific that Jamie and Linda took the necessary bull by its harsh horns. Sometimes you just need to create the missing link. A friend of mine in VT did something similar for the gifted community in this largely-rural state. My hat is off to all of you for persisting, for tending so well to your children’s needs and providing for others’ into the bargain.

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