Breathing Room

This May, Hoboken Grace introduces parents to Breathing Room: a quarterly invitation to slow down, enjoy a (child-free!!) night out and connect with other parents.

We all knew it wouldn’t be easy trying to grow little people into [well-functioning] human beings, but did it really have to be this hard? Between sleepless nights and public toddler meltdowns, it can be a real struggle to maintain a semblance of sanity, never mind act like we have it all together. We all crave space to relax and recharge, but that space is hard to find.

That’s why Jen DeMarco came up with the idea for Breathing Room. In her own life, Jen acknowledges that she’s not solely responsible for even the personal victories she’s experienced. “I needed the relationships God built and put in my life,” she says. Applying this principle to parenting, Jen wanted to offer parents a place to be around other parents, to encourage each other and realize we’re not alone.

As she sought ways to develop relationships with other parents and inside her community, she realized it was challenging for many parents to meet on a weekly basis. So she recruited Amy Gress to help her brainstorm about how parents could build support and community.

Together with the staff at Hoboken Grace, they came up with Breathing Room. Designed to be a quarterly opportunity for connection, Breathing Room offers parents a time to press pause and get refreshed. The refreshment is partly literal: appetizers and drinks will be catered by Anthony David’s. Hoboken Grace’s own Anthony Reimer will present stand-up comedy, and Jen will introduce a discussion and Q&A on embracing our imperfection.

Most importantly, there will be time set aside for parents to connect and simply socialize with each other. “That may be the best part,” says Amy. “It’s a night out with other adults — without the kids!”

The first event will be held at Kolo Klub on May 26, from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. The cost is $30 per person, but if you need assistance please email For more information, visit

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