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Back-to-School Means Back-to-Mom

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Rabbi Sherre HirschIt'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.

In the midst of doing all of this preparation for them, it's worth taking a moment to think about how you want to be wiser one year from now -- not just intellectually, but emotionally and spiritually, too. You are probably not going back to school, but that doesn't mean that you should stop growing. Here are a few ideas:

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. 

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. Sometimes dinner 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." 

By the time school starts again next year, my family and I will all have grown as individuals -- and as a family. I wish the same for you.

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Berenice October 12, 2010, 1:42 PM

I have always tried to grow as a person each year, doing stuff that normally I wouldn’t do or perhaps stuff I had forgotten to do. Kindness with my neighbors and my family is the best start. Peace begins at home.


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