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HELP!!! I Need a Boca Babysitter!


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I need to find a Boca babysitter.

I hear those six words often from first time moms and moms new to the Boca Raton/South Florida area, but mostly I hear them from parents who are in some sort of childcare bind and a qualified sitter is their only hope for having  some parental freedom!

Conveniently, there is a company based in Delray Beach, KCC Sitter Source, whose mission is to provide top level childcare to parents/guardians while benefiting the lives of children and youth.

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I was excited to speak with their founder Meagan Killinger, a former school teacher turned CEO and founder, to ask her (as a first time mom myself) my burning sitter questions.

I was pretty confident that things had changed since I used to babysit back in high school!

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I first asked her why she decided to start her business. She told MBMom that day in and day out as a teacher, she would greet her students and then send them on their way; many went on to empty homes due to families working late hours, others stayed over friends’ houses or were placed in the care of a nearby relative.

“Even the most dedicated parents can’t be available every moment of their children’s lives to help them learn and grow and that’s what Sitter Source is here to do; assist adults while benefiting the lives of children.”

So true. Read on to find out what steps you can take to find the best babysitter for your family MBMoms…

I’m a first time mom and have never had a babysitter besides family members. How should I go about finding a go-to sitter for my family? 

Leaving your baby or toddler with a sitter for the first time is always harder on the parents than it is on the child. Preparing yourself, your baby and the sitter will help to provide a smooth transition and a nurturing, pleasant experience for all.

You want a Boca babysitter that has experience, credentials, a background check, is CPR/First aid certified, and who comes highly recommended. Sarah, the nice girl who lives next door, for all you know is just that and only that. You want to use an agency that can provide more than just the sitter you need. You want to use an agency that provides sitters who bring along peace of mind, safety and security.

Is there a “going rate” for sitters these days? I used to get paid $5 an hour in the late 90’s…how have times changed?

Current average hourly rates range from $15.00 to $25.00 an hour.

The rate varies from family to family based on the number of children . An emergency, or back up sitter, will also be a little higher than your usual on-call sitter. The only reason it should go any more then $25.00 an hour, is if the family or organization has more than 5 children; in which case you would want to consider 2 sitters with the average hourly rate starting at $30.00 an hour and going up from there again based on number of children.

How does Sitter Source help make connecting with a sitter easier and safer? 

Simple and convenient…here’s how it works.

First, contact us :

Monday – Sunday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM:
(561) 251-2533

After 7:00 PM:
(561) 251-1083

An office professional will gather all your family information, needs and wants and then an agent will match you with a sitter who exceeds your expectations.

The sitters bio will be emailed to you and then the sitter will contact you to confirm job details.

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What is the #1 question you advise clients to ask when searching for a sitter?

I advise all of my clients to set up an initial meeting with the assigned sitter prior to the date of the first job. This helps break the “stranger danger” relationship.

It also allows the sitter and the family to break the ice and get to know one another on a personal level.

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Sitter Source recommends and endorses all their care providers. They make the entire process safe and convenient by only providing clients with babysitters that have verifiable, good references who are warm, sensitive and alert to the needs of children.

Their extensive application and interview process allows Sitter Source, and families, to carefully view the babysitters child care experience, education and work history, personal lifestyle, and child care philosophy.

  • First Aid and CPR Certification
  • Child care references
  • FBI background check
  • Drug free
  • American Red Cross certified
  • Continuing Education Classes
  • Extensive training
  • Certified teachers on staff
  • Certified assistants to children with special needs and disabilities on staff
  • Male and Female sitters available

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YES! I can finally enjoy a night out on the Boca town with both #modernbocadad AND my parents (aka my family sitters) for once!

To start the process of finding your own fabulous sitter, contact Sitter Source…and tell them Modern Boca Mom sent you. 🙂

Sponsored: This post was sponsored by KCC Sitter Source, LLC. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have been compensated or given a product free of charge, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

KCC Sitter Source, LLC is a childcare agency that places certified babysitters for families, hotel guests, events and organizations in south Florida. A business created to assist adults while benefitting the lives of children.

Their sitters are American Red Cross certified, CPR/First Aid certified, have completed FBI background checks and undergo extensive supervised training and continuing education classes. Each and every sitter has a passion for positively influencing the lives of children. KCC provides exceptionally qualified part-time and on call sitters and full-time or part-time mother’s/father’s helpers to locals and visitors in the South Florida region.

Escape to the Wyndham Boca Raton…


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This must be the week for major Modern Boca Mom announcements because in addition to the launch of #grandviewmoms (revealed yesterday), we will be taking you through one of Boca’s BEST hotel and restaurant properties for a hip yet affordable staycation– a local, community destination for tired parents to escape to for an afternoon, a night or a weekend…this winter and beyond!

Let’s escape to the Wyndham Boca Raton, shall we?


Just arriving on property makes me feel like I can exhale…and it’s so close to everything!

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In fact, I love this hotel so much, I decided to get married there. Yep, that’s me and #modernbocadad circa 2011!

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Don’t even get me started on how awesome their NEW meeting space is. I love the stylish and elegant event center– it’s a perfect venue for any special occasion (hint, hint: the holidays are coming)!

Gotta love renovations…

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Speaking of renovations, I’m very excited because the Wyndham Boca Raton is also in the process of renovating all of their guest rooms. Check out these future beauties:

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I just want to crawl into that cozy bed…

But, I realized I’m absolutely famished! Good thing that the hugely-popular and highly acclaimed Farmer’s Table is just a short walk across the hotel’s courtyard…

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And if I feel like I need to focus my energy the next day, I know I can always work out at the hotel’s fitness room or take a class at Yoga Journey which is conveniently located on property.


MBMom Fun Fact: The Wyndham Boca Raton is a community hotel MBMoms! You don’t have to be a guest to eat at Farmer’s Table, have a refreshing drink at TrendTea or take a class at Yoga Journey. Stop by often. You are always welcome. 

Sounds heavenly, doesn’t it? So escape with MBMom and learn all about what this Boca gem has to offer parents who are in need of a major recharge!

  • We’ll be covering dinner at Farmer’s Table.
  • We’ll be spending some time on the scene at the Wyndham Boca Raton pool and their tea lounge TrendTea.
  • We’ll even show you firsthand the fitness options available at the hotel for local residents and guests alike.

It’s an exciting time to be a MBMom. Just don’t forget to escape every once in awhile…

Sponsored: This post was sponsored by the Wyndham Boca Raton. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have been compensated or given a product free of charge, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Grandview Prep Boca Raton “Modern Boca Mommy & Me” Program

Sponsored by Grandview Prep Boca Raton

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When I first started MBMom, I had no idea (truly) how many AMAZING people, businesses…and schools (like Grandview Prep Boca) there were in and around Boca Raton, Florida. Not to mention supportive readers like you! 🙂

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OK, these guys probably aren’t reading MBMom, but their parents are!

Honestly, this site was founded on selfish, convenient reasons. I was busy and just wanted local lifestyle and events information online in one organized, easy-to-find place.

A simple wish really.

I never thought that Modern Boca Mom would grow to warrant this exciting partnership:

#grandviewmoms at Grandview Prep Boca

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In 2014, MBMom launched a first of its kind “Modern Boca Mommy & Me” PROGRAM at Grandview Preparatory School!

Don’t know much about Grandview Prep Boca? They are an independent college preparatory, nonsectarian, coeducational day school founded in 1997 in east Boca Raton. Student enrollment is offered for Preschool through Grade 12. Grandview redefines ‘Preparatory’ with innovative learning experiences and focus on character and values. In class and beyond, Grandview students discover their talents, create their own path, engage in meaningful activities, and contribute to the community.

A simple yet genius formula!

Each “Modern Boca Mommy & Me” class is held 3-5 times per month at Grandview Preparatory School and is specifically tailored to capture the attention and imaginations of babies as young as 6 weeks and children up to 3 years old.

Classes include a rotating schedule of activities including play time, rhythm & movement, yoga, dance and music– all offered by Grandview Prep Boca Early Childhood faculty. Our program offers moms the chance to relax and socialize while their children learn and explore in an educational setting.

How great is that?!

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New class dates are posted often here on MBMom, but you can also make sure you never miss out by subscribing to our newsletter HERE.

Think of it as preschool practice!

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Please note that Grandview Preparatory School is a peanut and tree nut-free campus. For the safety of their students, we ask that you refrain from bringing any item that may include peanuts and/or tree nuts (including those items that are processed in the same facility). Thank you for your adherence to this policy.

Sponsored: This post was sponsored by Grandview Preparatory School. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have been compensated or given a product free of charge, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Mompreneur Monday: Heart Connection Center

Mompreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.

Happy Monday Modern Boca Moms!  Welcome to our next installment of Mompreneur Monday on MBMom, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.
We’re working to bring busi-moms across the state of Florida together to start a Mompreneur Movement!  Why don’t you join us?
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Today’s South Florida Mompreneurs are Jessica Marchena, LMHC & Sabrina Bennardo, LCSW, co-founders of the NEW Heart Connection Center in Boca Raton, a comprehensive counseling center with a  team of dedicated licensed therapists who specialize in providing help to children, teens, adults and couples.
Healing Emotions And Relationships Together (HEART).

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Sometimes, our emotions and relationships need a little tune up. And now, there’s a perfect place for that!
Meet Latina therapist, wife, mother and Mompreneur, Jessica.

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I am a licensed psychotherapist with almost 20 years of experience and specialize in women and relationship counseling. I am also bilingual and provide therapy in Spanish.

I grew up in Boca Raton but moved to Boston for college and graduate school where I met my love and life partner, my husband in a bar.

Yes, I’m here to tell you that you can meet your future husband or wife in a bar!

Today, we have been happily married for 15 years and have two children, Benjamin and Samantha. 

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I have worked as a therapist in many different settings, but spent most of my career working in the field of addiction with adolescents and adults. I worked long hours, evenings and weekends and knew this schedule wouldn’t work when I had children and my dream was always to open a private practice.

My husband and I moved back to Boca Raton to live near family and I started my own private practice because I wanted to find a balance between my family and my work. I wanted to do the work that I love AND be there for my kids. Being a working mom and wife isn’t always easy and life can throw you many curve-balls. We have had our share of ups and downs and sought help when we needed it. It has made us stronger as a couple and as a family.  

Life is hard and beautiful. It’s possible to embrace both and be happy.

I thrive on working with other stressed out moms (or women) and couples who are out of sync with each other due to the demands of everyday life and stress. I  relate to them because of my own experience as a mom and a wife and as an experienced couples and women’s therapist, I can help them find more peace, more love and more joy.

And isn’t business even more enjoyable when you have another strong woman and Mompreneur by your side? Meet co-founder Sabrina.

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I began my psychotherapy training over 20 years ago at Smart Parenting in New York, working with couples going through high conflict divorce. This experience led me to teach couples how to peacefully co-parent, rather than continue to be at odds and put their children in the middle.

After gaining much experience with couples and tired of living a New York City fast-paced, single life, I moved to Boca Raton to slow down and find connection. I was introduced (via blind date) to the love of my life, who is now my husband.

As happy as we are now, initially we did not “ride off into the sunset.”

It was complicated. He had a 14-year-old son who refused to be in relationship with me for two years. I was committed to building a relationship with him and move forward with my partner. With much of my own personal development work and time, we were able to form the special bond that we now have.

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Colby was the best man at our recent wedding and now appreciates having a “bonus” parent. I’m grateful to have the experience and gift of a child by merger, which better enables me to guide others through the complexities of  blended families.

Also, to help individuals have or find the relationship of their dreams, which is the core mission of the Heart Connection Center!

How did the idea for your business come together…together?

We actually met 4 years ago at another counseling practice and immediately hit it off as friends and colleagues. We shared an office and decorated it together, buying furniture and shared the office 50/50 time. We had the nicest office in the suite!

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We grew our practices to full-time, but after four years we decided that the time had come for us to have our own center with OUR name on it.  

Heart Connection Center Boca Raton was born from the combined forces of two female therapists who shared a similar vision. A dream to offer the community a premier counseling center where a team of the best specialists in the field work together to provide expert comprehensive services.

We offer a team approach where a mom can see her own therapist and the dad can see his own, for example, and the children can see one of our child specialists all under the same roof. This allows us to all come together and serve the family in the best possible way.

We are committed to working together with individuals and their families to help them develop a better understanding of themselves and strengthen relationships. 

There is a huge need for a counseling center like ours because we see so many clients who are in relationship pain and don’t know where to go for help. We have created a safe place where they can express their feelings and feel understood, heal and reconnect with their loved ones.

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What types of challenges have you faced since launch?

Dedication to providing exemplary service DOES come with some challenges. Although we have been fortunate in attracting the excellent therapists we now have sharing our space with us, it has been challenging to find like-minded therapists with the same level of commitment as we have and it has taken time.

We are selective about those who join our team. We want to work with those who we would refer someone in our own family to.

What sets apart Heart Communication Center from a traditional therapeutic practice?

What makes us unique is our approach to providing a safe, “spa-like” setting to our clients. When clients enter our sanctuary, they are transported to a homey space where they can feel comfortable and immediately at ease.

From the soft music playing in the waiting room, to the beautiful decor, to the coffee and beverage bar, most say they could just sit in our waiting area all day and feel better. We show them the possibility of how self care can improve their life.

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It was important for us to put our heart and soul into the decor and design of the center. That’s how we show up in our sessions with clients. We are fully present for them in their journey of self discovery, which leads them to connected relationships and more peace.

I would like to move into that waiting room. Beautiful!
Now that you’re both settled in Boca full time, what do you love most about South Florida?

We love going to the beach while the rest of the country is shoveling snow!

The ability to wear flip flops all the time and walk our dogs while wearing them in mid-January. An abundance of wonderful parks that are super clean for kids and dogs too! Incredible sunsets and frequent rainbows.

We also love Boca Raton because we get to live and work in this beautiful community that is safe, surrounded by great schools for our kids and very family friendly.

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Connect (no pun intended) with Heart Connection Center on Facebook!
And be sure to check out their new website. I personally found it fascinating and think the center is a GREAT addition to our community. Strong relationships are certainly key to this MBMom and it never hurts to get a professional tune-up every once in awhile.
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