Katie Gagnon

Katie Gagnon

Katie Gagnon is a public relations consultant and freelance writer from South Jersey. She founded Kathleen English Communications, LLC in 2009 in Philadelphia. A frequent flier and avid traveler, her favorite place in the world is the beach in Longport, NJ. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and son.

November 14, 2017

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The lead poisoning problem in America

Even though my son and I both hated the test, I would have volunteered him for the blood draw because it addresses a large, insidious problem among children in America.

October 25, 2017

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Some practical advice for planning baby’s first birthday party

Your baby is turning 1! Congratulations! If you’re like me, you are probably approaching this milestone with elation and nostalgia.

October 3, 2017

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Your baby should get the flu shot and you should, too

I firmly believe that every parent has the right to make the personal decisions that are best for their families. But protecting our children from illnesses that could be fatal is where I start to draw the line.

September 19, 2017

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Time to wean: why I’m happy (and sad) to stop nursing my 1-year old baby

There are so many things I love about breastfeeding my son: his little body curled up on mine, his hands touching my face, our shared contentment. I cherish these moments. And I am sad that this special time is coming to an end.

September 5, 2017

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The final countdown: 5 ways to pass the time when you’re waiting for your baby

If you are near or past your due date, take heart: your baby will soon be in your arms! Try to enjoy the last moments of your pregnancy and give yourself a little “me time” in the meantime.

August 22, 2017

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Stranger danger: Helping babies overcome social anxiety

Every stage of your child’s life is special and wonderful, but also full of new experiences and sometimes difficult transitions. If your baby is going through stranger anxiety try these tips and talk to your pediatrician.

August 8, 2017

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Mom shaming: Six in 10 mothers have experienced this. But why?

When we are trying our best, listening to our doctor’s advice and giving our all to our children, any kind of negative feedback can really sting. However, sometimes it feels like people are going to find fault with whatever you are doing.

July 25, 2017

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Raising a kind, confident boy who pursues his dreams

Boys in America are told to be tough, strong and are discouraged from displaying emotions or participating in activities that are traditionally considered feminine. This puts limits on our sons.

July 18, 2017

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Language dance: The importance of talking to your young child

It is never too early to begin talking to your baby. Start when they are in utero! Keep chatting when they are a newborn and converse with them throughout their lives. Both parent and child will benefit from the language dance.

July 11, 2017

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Smartphones and babies: Why you should keep your little one away from your phone

When Killian was still very young, he started reaching for my iPhone. I asked my husband one day, “Why is he obsessed with our phones?” He replied, “Because we are.” That was the moment when I knew we needed to unplug and keep our phones away from our son.

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