Alyson Haggerty

Alyson Haggerty
Alyson lives in Metairie with her husband, Patrick, their 8 and 6-year-old boys, and their Morkie, Beignet. After teaching for almost ten years, she left a career in education, earned her BSN, and now works as a pediatric emergency nurse. In her free time, Alyson enjoys flipping furniture, writing, dancing, and painting. She is always looking for a racquetball partner and loves streetcar rides and playing board games with her family. A good cook, she is constantly on a quest to answer the age-old question, “What’s for dinner?” but has thus far been unsuccessful.
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Unpopular Opinion: We Aren’t an Annual Disney Family

With summer fast approaching, I have a lot of friends who are planning their annual Disney World vacation. I love Disney World and am excited for my friends, but I won't do the annual...
marriage is an equal partnership

We’re a Partnership, Not a 90s Sitcom

I've been streaming a few 90s sitcoms lately. I love the nostalgia that comes with watching Everybody Loves Raymond and Home Improvement! The shows are exactly as I remember them growing up. However, I...

Dear Hot Mess Starbucks Regular: I’m Looking Out For You

I know you. I know you were running late today. I know this because I was running late today. You work at the hospital, too. We must have the same shifts. Your typically well-groomed child...

Ten Tips and Tricks for Using a Menstrual Cup for the First Time

I've been using a menstrual cup for a little over a year now. While I wasn't initially enthusiastic about the idea, I knew I needed to give it a shot. My moderate to heavy...

Learn CPR: My Family’s Story and the Difference between Life and Death

Almost two years ago, my eighty-seven-year-old grandpa left the park after feeling ill. Unable to continue his drive home, he pulled over to take a rest and became unconscious. At just the right moment,...

Don’t Leave the Knife in the King Cake Bag…Or I’ll Cut You

Tomorrow is Kings' Day, which means, in the immortal words of Al Johnson, it’s Carnival time! Even this year, without parades, there is still something to celebrate. Because you can’t cancel king cake! What...

Daily Sharing: Not Just Together, But Connected

If your family is anything like mine, y’all are busy. You’re busy. And tired. And sometimes, we just don't have the mental or emotional energy to put into truly connecting with our children and...

Unexpected and Unexcited: Struggling to Bond with My Baby

It has taken me years to get to the point where I am comfortable discussing this. Even now as I type these words, with my youngest days away from turning six years old, I...

Parenting a Night Owl

As parents, we constantly compare notes with one another: when to potty-train, how to handle homework, tips on kid-friendly healthy meals, etc. Bedtime is no exception. In talking to other parents, I quickly realized...

How We Raise Intelligent Children

A few years ago, my son tested into his school’s Gifted program. When we met with his Gifted instructor for the first time, she asked us some questions about our child: What does he...

The Teachers Are Mourning

My kids were supposed to start school August 6. Then, the start date got moved to August 12. And postponed yet again to August 31. They finally started, but a short time later was...

Making the Grade: A New Perspective for My Kids

At 33 years old, I am one semester away from graduating nursing school. Before this, I was a teacher. So, I've known for years that grades are next to meaningless, yet I didn't truly...

We Tested Positive: A Guide to Quarantine Prep

Back in March, my husband, an ICU nurse, tested positive. Though we were completely caught off guard, we managed well (with the help of our village, of course). Now, as our kids prepare to...

Dear Moms, You Know What the Right Decision about School Is

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed, pressured to make the right decision about sending your child back to school. Your social media has been flooded with opinions, even arguments, about the...