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Lynn Shattuck
Lynn Shattuck is a writer living in Portland, Maine. She blogs about imperfection, spirit, parenting and more at

Entries by Lynn Shattuck

The Duality of Raising Children

(0) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 10:39 AM

"Those were the best days of my life."

Over the years, I'd heard a handful of people say that these years, the ones I'm in right now, were the best of their lives.

Really? I had thought. But I'm tired all the time! And the kids -- the...

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The Loss of a Lifetime: When an Adult Brother or Sister Dies

(1) Comments | Posted February 26, 2014 | 12:07 PM

When I was 24, my younger brother, who was my only sibling, died. The day the phone rang and I heard my mom say dark, foreign words like coroner, needle, heroin, autopsy, was the most impactful day of my life. In the thickness of shock, I didn't realize that the...

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9 Ways Pregnancy Prepares You for Raising Small Children

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 3:12 PM

1. You are never alone.
From the moment those feisty little sperm burrow into your egg/s, your body is no longer your own. You've got company, and that company is in your body.

When the kid comes out, that company will still almost always be with you. Especially...

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A Mother's Needs: The Downside of Attachment Parenting

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 8:38 AM

I'd heard whisperings about attachment parenting before I had kids. Even the name was appealing -- who doesn't want to be an "attached" parent? Doesn't the very name imply that if you're not doing it, you're practicing detachment parenting?

Attachment parenting, or AP as many call it, sounded so...

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My Privates Have a Personal Trainer: Stories From Pelvic Floor Rehab (Part Two)

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 11:08 AM

Week Three

In the waiting room at pelvic floor rehab, I can't help staring at the other patients. They are mostly women. Some are elderly. Some, like me, hover around middle-age, and a sprinkling of the women are younger. For a moment, I feel awkward that the other women know...

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My Privates Have a Personal Trainer: Stories From Pelvic Floor Rehab (Part One)

(9) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 3:02 PM

"Okay, now do a Kegel," Ally says.

I lie on the table with my heels touching each other, my knees splayed to the side, and naked from my waist down.

I look at Ally. "Like you're stopping the flow of urine but also trying not to pass gas...

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A Simple -- But Not Easy -- Method to Transform Body Image

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2013 | 12:57 PM

If you have ever hated your body, you might recognize this voice.

It sounds like this, when I am on a run, feeling tired and a little dizzy: Keep running, it burns more calories. You're flabby. What are we going to eat for lunch? You should just eat mostly...

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The 2 Phrases That Helped Me Through Postpartum Depression

(37) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 3:06 PM

When I was expecting my son, I expected postpartum depression, too. With a history of mild but chronic depression and anxiety, I knew I was at a high risk. I had a plan: I could go up on the anti-depressants I took. I could attend postpartum support groups and get...

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How We Die Is Not Our Whole Story

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 11:45 AM

"How did he die?" my 4.5-year-old asks me.

"Um," I stumble. I blink and mutter something about bad choices. "Hey, let's see what's going on in the other room," I say, trying to pour enthusiasm into my voice. I slip the picture of my brother and me back on my...

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(2) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 12:41 PM

This year, I spent the day before my birthday in bed with an evil stomach bug. When I woke up on my birthday and didn't need to heave, I felt giddy. I was alive; I had somehow made it to 39.

Not old, but not young. Certainly older than I'd...

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Embracing the Dark and the Light: Lessons of the Equinox

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 5:59 PM

My 21-year-old brother died on the Spring Equinox in 1999. I was 24.

When the phone rang and I learned that he was dead due to a combination of drugs and alcohol, part of me left the world, too. I was instantly propelled out of what had been my...

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The Good Mother

(10) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 2:26 PM

I remember talking to another new mom at a mom's group when my son was a newborn. The other new mom was clearly connected with her infant daughter; I could almost see the cord of love twining them to each other. I could see it in the gentle but sturdy...

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