KidsLink: An App to Organize Your Entire Family (even pets!)

A few ago, my son fell off the wagon.

Well, he fell off a wagon. Not the wagon but that wasn’t the most interesting part of the story.

He fell off a wagon and complained in his overly dramatic way that his arm hurt. He was screaming, crying, and begging to be put out of his misery (I told you he was dramatic). But when the crying didn’t stop, I thought a visit to the local urgent care might be in order.

An x-ray was inconclusive but they sent him home in a temporary splint and sling.

Sling for broken arm

He posed for the camera and that was the end of that. Until the car ride home.

He said, “Mommy, please don’t post that picture online.”

Uh-oh. I had already sent it to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Because as any social media mom knows, when your child is in crisis, that’s when you want your community to rally around you.

What? I said. Why not? This is exactly the kind of thing to post on Facebook!

Turns out that at the ripe old age of 7 years old, my kid cares about his privacy. He’s normally one to shun attention from anything out of the ordinary so he simply didn’t want there to be a big deal made over the fact that his arm was in a sling.

Unfortunately, that sling wasn’t enough and he needed a full arm cast for two weeks to allow a hairline fracture to heal. Again, I was allowed to take pictures but I wasn’t allowed to post them.

Arm cast

Sometime that weekend, we all went shopping and while I was busy searching for the latest deals to be had at the Banana Republic Factory Store, my husband and son were off trying to amuse themselves. And that’s when Sean took and posted this picture…

Fedora

Oh, I know. He’s adorable. You don’t have to tell me. But look at what is prominently displayed on his right arm.

A CAST!

Apparently, he was fine with it if the picture was for something else. He just didn’t want to focus to be on his broken arm.

(By the way, he’s totally fine with these pictures being posted now that the whole cast business is behind him.)

But the whole experience made me realize that I can’t assume that I can put my child’s life on display. In fact, I don’t. But I’m having to think more about what to share online and what to share only with close friends and family. After all, I’m creating his digital footprint now.

Last month when I was attending a conference in Atlanta, I was introduced to the people behind the app KidsLink, the private social network and world-managing app for moms (oh yes, we’re taking over the world!).

Here’s where you say:

Um, no thanks. I already have enough to manage and I don’t need another social network.

But I’m here to tell you why this is different and how it can make your life EASIER.

What makes the KidsLink app valuable

Feature #1 – Storyboards
  • Think of this like a Facebook timeline organized by child: Jimmy’s soccer practice, Katie’s dance recital, Vivian’s visit to urgent care
  • You decide the privacy of each post: share with your friends and family on KidsLink or only with your spouse
  • Want a bigger audience? Share it to Facebook and Instagram (coming soon)
  • It’s like an online scrapbook!

KidsLink profile

Feature #2 – Profile
  • For each child, create a profile as a central place to track allergies, doctor’s contact information, bedtimes, etc.
  • Easily accessible to mom and dad when they log in
  • Can be shared via email for babysitters, for example

 

Feature #3 – Vault
  • Use it as a digital filing cabinet for everything, all PRE-organized by child and type
  • Keep digital copies of health insurance cards, birth certificates, driver’s licenses, artwork, receipts, immunization records by simply taking a picture
  • Easily accessible to mom and dad when they log in
  • Can be shared via email for summer camp registration, doctor’s office, etc.KidsLink Vault

This past summer, I enrolled Evan in a tae kwon do summer camp and we almost missed it because I had to get his immunization record! That meant a phone call to the doctor’s office, an email copy sent to me that I then printed out and drove to the camp. With KidsLink, I could have simply emailed the stored immunzation record.

Just this past week, I was at a friend’s house while she and her husband were talking about producing their child’s proper ID card for his sports team and who had it and who was going to take it and when it was needed and JUST STOP IT ALREADY!

I only have one child and I can’t keep it together! And if you have pets, you can totally use it for them too.

And if you didn’t have time to read all that, here’s how KidsLink themselves simplify it,

Explain KidsLink to me in once sentence. I’m busy.

KidsLink is like Facebook + LinkedIn + Dropbox, for moms to manage their kids’ world.

So what’s the catch?

There is none. It’s FREE! Just download it and get started. But it’s by invitation only and today is your lucky day.

You can download the app from the app store (or use the quicklink http://mykidslink.com/install) and redeem using my code: FADRA. (Available on iPhone and most Android devices)

This is an affiliate link but there is absolutely no money out of your pocket. Swearsies.

Everything You Need to Know About Beaches Turks & Caicos

Barefoot by the Sea

If you read anything about my recent trip to Beaches Turks & Caicos, you're probably in one of two camps. The first one is I didn't go so can you please shut the hell up about it already camp. I get it. I did THREE posts on my trip last week … [Continue reading]

Animals Lovers Find Paradise in Turks & Caicos Too {VIDEO} #BeachesMoms

Animals - Turks and Caicos

Hello. My name is Fadra and I'm an animal lover. I think it's pretty obvious from my Instagram stream that my pets have pretty much taken over my life. But it's not just pets that I love, it's all creatures you find in nature (with the exception of … [Continue reading]

Nothing But Flowers (in Turks & Caicos) #BeachesMoms

Flowers - Turks and Caicos

While I attended a conference last week at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa, I had an option to attend one of many excursions including: Sesame Street puppeteering, mixology, cooking, fitness, and horticulture. I lucked out … [Continue reading]

The 50 Most Unexpected Photos from Beaches Turks & Caicos

Red Lane Spa - Instagram

If you've ever attended a social media conference, you know re-entry is rough. You've just spent days surrounded by your peers, learning new things, and making new friends. It's hard to go back to our isolated worlds. But I can tell you, after having … [Continue reading]

Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Tropical

Fantasy_Island_Ricardo_Montalban_Herve_Villechaize

What child of the 70s didn't secretly hope to one day travel to a magical island where dreams could become reality? Hope to be greeted by a suave man named Mr. Roarke and his trusty little sidekick Tattoo. Hope to have all their wishes fulfilled and … [Continue reading]

Life Is Most Certainly Better With Pets

Better With Pets Summit

If you could talk to your pet in a way that you knew they would understand, what you would say? I’m might say something like, Hey Layla, could you please stop chewing everything in the house? But I’d also say something like, Hey Beamer, I never … [Continue reading]

I Could Have Been A Doctor (and other reasons I’m glad I went to college)

CWRU graduation

When I was avidly studying the college brochures that flooded my mailbox as a high school junior, I looked at every detail. Which college had the best majors. Which one looked like the most fun. Which one would be at least two states away from … [Continue reading]

My husband really can cook (and other ways I’m teaching my son about fire prevention)

IMG_20141009_173240786_HDR

In my role as a working mother, I wear many hats. (And notice I didn't say work outside the home, work at home, stay at home or any other qualifier). But since I left the corporate world five years ago, happily watching the dust fly as I took off … [Continue reading]

Chocolate-Covered Wishes for Cough and Cold Season

DSC06081

Do you often find yourself sounding like the parent who talks about olden times? I once told a kid at the bus stop (not mine - he doesn't believe these stories anymore) that I had to walk to school in the snow uphill both ways. Wait a minute, he … [Continue reading]

The Bedtime Battle in the Bathroom

DSC06039

I taught my child the importance of oral health care with LISTERINE® SMARTRINSE, as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #besweetsmart Maybe it's just a boy thing but I don't think it is. I've talked to other moms who struggle the way that I … [Continue reading]