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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Ethanol — A Greener Way to Drive

As a mom, I look for ways to lessen my carbon footprint, while simultaneously teaching my children to do the same. As a family, we do small things. We recycle, we garden, and we...

New Year’s Resolutions for the Whole Family

I know there is a stigma behind setting New Year’s resolutions. People set lofty goals that are unattainable, dreaming of becoming someone far from themselves. My family looks at the resolutions we make on January 1st as opportunities.

The Productive Struggle:: 4 Lessons I Learned over the Years

As my middle schooler progresses through life, I am learning as much about graceful failures as he is. One thing, as parents, that we have to embrace is the beauty of the productive struggle.

Take a Girls’ Trip

My college friends and I recently went on a weekend trip to Galveston, Texas. For three years, we have made it a priority to get away together.Our kids are to a manageable age, our...

Hey Mamas, You’re Beautiful

Hey, Mamas, you’re beautiful. Has anyone told you this lately? Because it’s true. And I know you don’t always feel it.

Toy of the Moment

If you are around kids in any capacity, you know there are toys of the moment that better not be lost, forgotten at Grandma’s, or broken, otherwise an apocalyptic type situation will explode in your household.

The Beauty of Birth Order

Even before I had three children, I was interested in the impact of birth order on the personalities of people.

Cultivating Compassion in our Children

One of my favorite quotes says, “Compassion is the radicalism of our time.” by the Dalai Lama.  As a teacher, I do believe traditional education is essential. Our students need reading and writing skills....

Omaha Mom :: Introducing Tessa

Omaha is a wonderful place to be, although I never expected to call it home. Growing up, Omaha was a metropolis compared to my hometown, and I was sure it had nothing to offer...