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.
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5 Ideas to Get Your Kids Off Screens

As we transition into spring, I'm committed to getting my kids outside-- creating and moving. Screens plague me. While I love what they can provide for my children, I also know that memorable fun...

4 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...
6 Ways to Set High Schooler Up for Success

6 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.

Letter of Recommendation Etiquette:: Helping your Juniors and Seniors

If you are a parent of a junior or senior, you know it’s scholarship application and letter of recommendation season. Students are overstressed, trying to pass classes, write powerful scholarship essays, and plan for...

Raising a Worrier:: Tips to Help Them Realize They’re Warriors

Not everything that weighs you down is yours to carry.” --Anonymous These are the words I want my 9-year-old to understand. I have three children. My youngest one is, you guessed it, a worrier. I'm...

Waves of Rage and Emotion During A Global Pandemic

Rage and emotion come to me in waves. Each one gets bigger and more powerful until they take me completely over. I've never felt like this before—I am not me. This situation is unfamiliar...

Three Audiobooks for Self-Discovery for the Woman, Not Just Mom

The Pandemic has been a time of self-discovery for me. As a mom of young athletes, after working all day, I was only home long enough to grab supper from the crockpot and head...

For Self-Care, Turn to Your Mother—Mother Nature

What if I told you that I have a prescription that can help you and your children lessen anxiety, inspire creativity, and help you get active? We’ve heard of the traditional forms of self-care:...
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Time to UnBusy Ourselves:: Ways to Reconnect and Simplify Life

We, moms, are busy people. I find myself thinking and saying “I’m so busy” way too often. I cringe when I hear myself utter this phrase. However, it’s true. Like everyone else, I'm trying...

What Your Teens Aren’t Telling You

I’ve taught teens for years, but now that I’m raising one, I feel like I’m in unfamiliar territory. I’m making rookie mistakes, worrying like crazy, and trying too hard. My students and I...