Alyson Haggerty

Alyson lives in Metairie with her husband, Patrick, their 10- and 7-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.

What You Need to Know Before You Join the Next Group Chat

If you're anything like me, you belong to a number of group chats. In 2023, this is just another part of being a parent. My GroupMe includes chats for one kid's track team, and...

Five Unpopular Things I Enjoy Doing with My Kids

As I was recently commiserating with some other parents about the challenges of parenthood, I learned that, while I certainly have my struggles, there are a few things that seem to stress out other...

I Send My Young Kids Grocery Shopping Without Me

Every Sunday is Grocery Day. Typically, my husband handles chores at home while I go to the grocery with our kids. Are the kids always eager to go to the grocery? No. Am I...

Save Our JPRD Playgrounds

If you haven't heard, the Jefferson Parish Parks and Recreation Department (JPRD) recently revealed plans to redesign and repurpose six parish playgrounds. Citing lack of enrollment for recreational sports, the Parish has devised new...

To My Son Starting Middle School

I'm entering a new era of parenthood, as my oldest just started middle school. With the first quarter wrapping up, I've been reflecting on all the things I want my son to know as...

Getting Out of My Reading Slump

I was a voracious reader until the busy schedules and fatigue of motherhood got me in a rut. Reading a book could take me over a month, whereas I used to be able to...
Anxiety Led Us to a Surprising ADHD Diagnosis

Anxiety Led Us to a Surprising ADHD Diagnosis

We understand that getting to the bottom of what's going on with our children can be nerve-wracking and stressful, especially when we suspect that our child has ADD or an ADHD diagnosis. Some of...

12 Things You’ll Definitely Hear at the Pool

We belong to a pool and love spending our summer days there. I've gotten used to the commotion that is bringing children to the pool and just cycle through these conversations. It doesn't matter...

JPRD Fall Registration is Now Open :: New Look, Same Great Programs

Disclosure: JPRD sponsored this post, but as local moms in Metairie, Harahan and beyond, we cannot recommend JPRD sports more! JPRD Fall Registration is Now Open Why We Love JPRD Sports My brother and I grew up...

Unpopular Opinion: Your Thong at the Family Pool

Thong swim suits have been the trend the past few summers, and based on a couple of my recent experiences, it doesn't look like that will be changing any time soon. And I'm fine...

Unpopular Opinion: Stop Saying “As long as it’s healthy” to Expectant Mothers

The state of being pregnant seems to encourage a wide variety of unsolicited commentary from others. Expectant mothers are frequently met with seemingly innocuous remarks, such as, "You look like you're carrying twins" and...

Dear Teachers, Please Stop Assigning Summer Homework

As a former teacher, I know about summer learning loss. There is no denying the learning lag; two months is a while to go without flexing the brain muscles. Still, I'm not convinced that...

Brothers Day: An Occasion for My Boys to Show Each Other Some Extra Love

Apart from gifts for birthdays and holidays, my kids don't really get a lot of toys in between. They do earn and save a modest allowance, which allows them to buy toys outside of...

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

It took a while for me to think of what to write for this post because I have nothing to say that hasn't been said before. Because people have been sharing these sentiments since...