rosh hashanah resolution

Rosh Hashanah Resolution: Finding Myself Again


To gear up for the High Holidays this year, we’re asking our writers and readers for their Rosh Hashanah Resolution. Here’s one from our writer Melissa Cohen.

I’ve got three children, and for the first time this fall, all three of them will be in school. Granted, my 3-year-old will be at preschool only two mornings a week, but it’s more than just the time. I’m suddenly at a point where I don’t have a baby anymore. I’m not pregnant, I’m still nursing a nominal amount, but my children are all potty trained, I no longer carry a diaper bag, and I just got rid of all of my board books.

My Rosh Hashanah resolution this year isn’t to be a better mother or a better wife.  My resolution this year is to figure out who I am, now that being Mama isn’t quite so all encompassing.  I’m going to listen to music I like, as loud as I want. I’m going to finish my book proposal and start sending it out to agents. I’m going to be a little bit selfish, a little bit of the time. Motherhood is demanding and intense. Especially when the kids are little, it’s easy to get lost in the diapers and bedtime and constantly being needed. My resolution for this New Year is to find myself again.

Got your own resolutions? Tweet them @Kveller with the hashtag #RoshRes.

Melissa Cohen

Melissa is a writer and happily married mother of three (ages 12, 8, and 5) living in central Massachusetts. Her husband also has two daughters from his first marriage, 16 and 14. Melissa is currently working on a book about her experiences converting to Judaism, and blogs at Her work has been published in CJVoices, InterfaithFamily, Mothering, and BlogHer.

The opinions expressed here are the personal views of the author. Comments are moderated, so use your inside voices, keep your hands to yourself, and no, we're not interested in herbal supplements.

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