Tessa A. Adams is a graduate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Masters in reading. She is a language arts and creative writing teacher and is the co-author of the blog www.familyfootnote.com. She has three children and when she is not mothering or teaching, she is writing. Her work can be found in Fine Lines Literary Journal, Huff Post Parents, Empty Sink Publishing, Route 7 Review, Sammiches and Psychmeds, THAT Literary Review, The Sunlight Press, xoJane, and Parent.co.

Finding Peace at Bedtime

When I was a young mother of one, I had no idea how good I had it at night time. My oldest has always been like me: he cherishes sleep. When he was a...

This is What It’s Like Teaching Your Children in April

In Nebraska, many of us know what it’s like to be a mom of school-aged kids in April. It’s full of constant uncertainties. “It’s cold in the morning, but by recess will he need...

Mama: You Need to Meditate

My Problematic Morning Mantra to my Kids: “Come on. Let’s go.” “Your socks aren’t on yet, and school starts soon. Let’s do this, kiddos.” “You forgot what at home? We’ll have to hurry back to get it.” "We're...

Five Ideas to Get Your Kids Away From Their Screens

As we transition from winter to spring, it’s more important than ever to get our kids creating and moving. Screens plague me. While I love what they can provide for my children, I also...

Four Reasons I Love Living in Bellevue, Nebraska

I love living in Bellevue, Nebraska! I do. Bellevue means beautiful view, and if you know where to go in the third biggest city in Nebraska, you have to agree with its name. Money...

Feeding Series: Formula Feeding

Like all moms, I had fantasies of the kind I’d be when it was finally my turn to give birth. I wanted an epidural-assisted natural birth. I wanted to breastfeed until my first born...

I Pinky-Promise I Will Be a Good Sport

I have been a mom of kids in sports for ten years now, and I love it. My boys feel as comfortable on the field as they do in the classroom, and for that...

MDA Omaha {Non-Profit Feature}

I’ve been fortunate enough to know some pretty amazing people in my lifetime. Jamie Davis, of Omaha, Nebraska is no exception. Having met in college, I always knew my beautiful friend of twenty years...

Six Ways to Set Your Teen up for Success in High School

There are few things as daunting as signing your child up for high school. Here are six easy steps parents can take to make the transition successful.

We Can Love

I’ve cried so many tears for Florida. My husband and I have debated the politics. My fellow teachers and I have discussed the next steps, and my pack of moms and I have cried....

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