Rabbi Sherre Hirsch: It's time for kids to move on to the next step -- and a good time for moms to take their own journeys.
It's time for the kids to go back to school. So for the next few weeks, we mothers will do nothing but prepare them for reentry, shopping for clothes and notebooks, scheduling extracurricular activities and arranging carpool. Even though it's a lot of work, we will do it, because we believe that education is the greatest gift we can give our kids. And with each passing year, we enhance that gift immeasurably.
One year from now, our kids will not only be taller and older, they'll be wiser. I know that they will have grown intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.
To grow your mind: 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.