Lisa Valentine Clark

May 04, 2018 09:20 AM MDT
In my book, Real Moms: Making It Up As We Go, I’m really insistent about NOT giving advice. I think social media has overcorrected modern mothering in this area. The last thing we, as an American parenting society, need is one more article telling us what to do or not do. But I do believe in being reflective and honest when talking about our parenting experience with other mothers. (Clearly by using the term “parenting experience,” I’ve been influenced by this saturated parenting market. Blegh. I’m disgusted with myself.) So, in my quest to be honest, I will reveal a few items (I won’t number them because that would make it seem more like advice, which I’m not suggesting it is) that I wish I myself had known three kids ago (or five) as I raise my pack today.
3 Min Read
February 26, 2016 10:13 PM MST
I have gone on the website to order my son’s high school graduation gown about 20 times now, and I just can’t click on the link. Okay, I clicked on the link once, but I couldn’t enter in his height (6 feet?!) and pay. It was too much. My mind soothes me by reassuring me that his graduation is far, far away in the future, but it’s not. Time and I are not speaking right now.
2 Min Read
January 29, 2016 10:13 PM MST
It's the end of January, and my son is furiously trying to finish his science fair project at the last minute despite my warnings (pleadings!) weeks early to finish it early “or you’ll be sorry.” The end of term occurred just days before and I had the pleasure of listening to not one, but two teenagers give me passionate speeches ranging from “The teacher must not have entered the grade in right,” to “Don’t worry, I’ve got it covered, and I won’t really learn unless I handle this on my own,” and my personal favorite speech: “Grades don’t really matter because it’s really about the learning process.” (I keep telling my kids that I WAS a jr. high and sr. high teacher. I know their tricks and I know students, and 9 out of 10 times, I’m going to be on the teacher’s side. Sorry.)
2 Min Read
December 22, 2015 10:00 PM MST
If your teen's Christmas list consists of nothing but gift cards, don't despair. You can still help them share in the magic of Christmas as they transition to becoming gift-givers, and not just receivers.
3 Min Read
November 20, 2015 12:46 PM MST
Three of my children are in a French-Immersion program at their elementary and middle schools. This past weekend, my 12-year-old texted me: “Did you hear about Paris?” As we texted, I could sense her confusion and sadness for a place she feels a personal connection to. One of her friends texted her to “wear black tomorrow—For Paris” at school the next day, and they all did. But when I asked her what they talked about in school, she told me her teacher said, “We’re not going to talk about Paris today.”
3 Min Read
October 28, 2015 09:01 AM MDT
When I was in Young Women, I felt constantly out of place. On Sunday, I was taught I had immeasurable power and divinity inside of me, but then I would go to school during the week and feel small and awkward; I thought it was laughable to think I had any power at all.
4 Min Read
September 26, 2015 09:00 AM MDT
It’s that time of year: the leaves are changing, there’s a slight chill in the air, you haven’t put away the shorts just yet but you mean to and you’ll probably get to it soon. The phrase “chunky sweaters” is returning to your vocabulary, you are starting to stomach conversations about Halloween costumes with your eager children, and you notice “pumpkin spice” featured in every drink or dessert at every eatery. It’s happening. You can’t deny that school is just barely beginning and you’ve got time to adjust. It’s already here. IT’S HAPPENING.
2 Min Read
Fun
August 18, 2015 08:58 AM MDT
Once I Was a Beehive opened this past weekend, and I am obsessed with it. It has taken over my life, in a good way, and as audiences go to see it, I am excited for them to see it in a Christmas Eve excitement way. Every time I talk or text about the movie, I want to add a million exclamation points (which makes the former English teacher in me cringe)! I can’t help it. I’m excited!
2 Min Read
August 04, 2015 09:11 AM MDT
Paris is not a Mormon and plays a non-Mormon teenager while Kaley is not a Mormon and plays a Mormon teenager in the upcoming film, Once I Was a Beehive (in theaters August 14th). On the other hand, I’m a self-described “super Mormon-y Mom” who plays a super Mormon-y woman in the film. But even though we come from different backgrounds, we all learned something from coming together to make a movie. And we’re all excited about sharing it with the world.
8 Min Read
July 28, 2015 08:52 AM MDT
See what producer, actor, and author Lisa Valentine Clark has to say about the similar difficulties--and rewards--between raising children and producing the new, heartwarming movie Once I Was a Beehive.
5 Min Read
June 27, 2015 08:57 AM MDT
Parenting kids of different ages is hard.
3 Min Read
May 27, 2015 09:17 AM MDT
Earlier this month, I drove with my brother, Chris, my sister, Gina, and her husband, Jonathan, to Lincoln, Nebraska, where we all grew up. We went with the middle-aged dream of running the Lincoln Half Marathon to somehow prove to ourselves that we are in the best shape of our lives, literally outrunning age. Well, I’m sure subconsciously that’s what we thought. In reality, we were painfully reminded of our age or, as my sister Gina stated when she stumbled across the finish line at Husker stadium drenched in sweat, “I didn’t respect the miles.” (Also, we forgot about the humidity. Thanks for the reminder, Nebraska.) Middle-aged delusions aside, we just wanted an excuse to “go home.”
4 Min Read
Fun
March 20, 2015 09:22 AM MDT
Easter traditions are part of the religious heritage I want my children to identify with, so I want them to matter. I love the Easter bunny, hiding baskets, dying eggs, and buying color-coordinated ties for my boys (they won't agree to matching anymore) and frilly dresses for the girls. Reese’s peanut butter eggs and Cadbury Mini Eggs are very important to me as well. Very important. But, like Christmas pastimes, I want these traditions to enhance—not detract—from the “reason for the season.”
6 Min Read