To grow your mind: Remember to devote time to your passion--take French lessons, learn to play the piano, read the paper every day.
To grow your heart: Ask forgiveness from someone you may have hurt. Bring dessert to your neighbors for no reason. Put a note in your husband's briefcase, telling him why you love him.
To grow your soul: Do an act of kindness once a week--anonymously. Meet with your clergyperson for a heart- to-heart. Journal weekly about the blessings in your life.
Knowing how hectic my own schedule is each day, it is easy for me to push aside my growth for my family's. This year, I am going to read the newspaper before I go to bed. I may not finish the Sports section, but I will know what is happening in the world. This year, I am setting a date for breakfast with my husband once a month. Dinner sometimes is just too complicated with three kids. This year, I will start writing my own prayers. The first words will be, "Dear God, I am very busy but I have a few things to discuss with you."
Next year, when school starts again, we all will have grown as individuals, and as a family. I wish the same for you.
Rabbi Sherre Hirsch is a mother of three and the author of We Plan, God Laughs. She offers non-denominational spiritual advice.