Welcome to Parenthetical!

Welcome to Parenthetical!  We (Becky Mather, Anne Clarkson & Steve Small) are the main facilitators for this site.  We are three family researchers and educators from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Wisconsin-Extension. We are interested in parenting, parent education and parental support.

What is Parenthetical?

Parenthetical is a little different than other sites you might visit.  We designed it as a blog, website and social network for parents of tweens and teens.  What YOU contribute to the site through questions, comments and advice is the most important part of Parenthetical.  Our goal is to make Parenthetical a place where you regularly share your parenting thoughts and questions, connect with other parents who are experiencing similar issues, and receive trustworthy information on parenting and teen development.

  • Explore the site.
  • Share it with others.
  • Join to become a member.
  • Visit regularly.
  • Comment.
  • Respond to others.
  • Let us know if you have any questions or suggestions.

Because this site is sponsored by University of Wisconsin-Extension and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, it is free, carries no advertising and strives to be an unbiased and research-based forum for exchanging the latest knowledge.


We welcome your feedback and look forward to getting to know you better!

Anne, Becky, Dayana & Steve