Jane McKean

Jane McKean
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Jane lives with her husband and two daughters, Haven and Vivienne, in the East Mountains. She describes herself as Tex-Mex. Growing up in Texas until the age of 14, she moved to ABQ her freshman year of high school. She has moved back and forth to Texas twice, but the mountains keep calling her back. She fancies herself a hippy who brews her own kombucha and loves to hike, but in keeping with her Texas upbringing rarely leaves home without mascara and lipstick on. Her passion is writing and she holds a degree in Creative Writing from UNM.
Making New Friends the Old-Fashioned Way

Making New Friends the Old-Fashioned Way

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Have you ever felt like your life needed a few more friends in it? Several years ago my best friend began a full-time job, and I was a stay-at-home mom with two kids. I...

Thank You, Now Go Away! How to Deal with Unsolicited Parenting Advice

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How do you handle advice that you didn't ask for? Ignore it? Take the advice even if you don't agree just to keep the peace? Engage in debate with the advice giver, politely explaining your...
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Mountains, Devils, and Hiking :: A Quick Weekend Trip to Arizona

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Arizona is one of the few states that doesn't observe Daylight Saving Time. If that isn't enough to make you want to visit our neighbor to the west, then let me entice you with...
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When Your Kid Has Homework and You Don’t Want to Do It Either

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I know I'm supposed to be supportive of the homework my girls bring home. And I can't help but stand over their little shoulders and critique their work like a wizened old sage. Albeit...

Getting Away From It All: How a Staycation Can Save Your Sanity

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Imagine driving your squirmy kids to the airport. Waiting in security check-point lines whilst wondering which of your over-priced bath products you'll have to leave behind because they aren't in FAA approved containers. A...
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No, I Won’t Grab Coffee With You :: Creating More Meaningful Friendships

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I was not an athletic kid. My first experience with team sports was soccer, and I hated it. Too shy to take the ball from anyone, my long hair all over my face in...
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The Gratitude Resolution

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"Upon waking let your first thought be . . . thank you." Abraham-Hicks It's upon us, the beginning of a new year. You've spent all your Christmas money purchasing the next size up in jeans...

The Power and Wisdom of the Older Woman

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I've come to believe that there is some one missing from my life. That someone is a wiser, older woman. A woman who has raised her kids, but who can still remember the days...
high road to taos | Albuquerque Moms Blog

Fun Fall Road Trip :: Taking the High Road to Taos

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The High Road to Taos is quintessential New Mexico at its best. Old adobe houses in lush river valleys, local art galleries and rustic produce stands. A desert painted with yellows, reds, greens, and...
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Don’t Let Fear Keep You (or Your Kids) From the Good Stuff!

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"I don't know how to play soccer. I don't want to do it," my five-year-old told me. Vivienne runs fast. She's coordinated. She makes running look fun. Her fear shouldn't have surprised me, but...
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The Perfect Mom Myth

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Do you ever feel like being a perfect mom is a moving target? "Don't do this, make sure you do that, but don't do it too much." If you are hoping that reading parenting columns...

Oh, Yes, It’s Family Night: A Field Guide for Bonding on Purpose

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The Birth, Death, and Resurrection of Family Night When I first heard the concept of a weekly Family Night, the First Born perfectionist in me had such wonderful visions. Lovely, well-planned evenings with soft lights...
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Everyday Miracles {Birth Stories} :: Fumes, Epidurals, & Second Labor

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"Make sure you keep the car filled up with gas," my husband warned me. I could go into labor with my daughter any day now, and the drive to Presbyterian Hospital was roughly twenty...
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Albuquerque Moms Blog :: Introducing Jane McKean

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Albuquerque I was born in Texas and lived there until the age of fourteen when my family moved from the windy Texas Pandhandle to sunny Albuquerque. It was quite a culture shock for me as...