I think the first line I see says it all, "Is parenting an art or a science?" From my own personal experiences I feel parenthood is somewhere between chemistry experiment and high wire act, but the creators of A Rookie Parent hope to present helpful parenting advice grounded in neuroscience. I totally dig the idea behind this site because I hated all of the "wisdom" bestowed upon me while I was pregnant. I didn't know it at the time, but motherhood was some type of fraternal order I was entering where every other mother automatically could relate to what I was going through...and felt free to share. The books, the emails, and the inappropriate comments come with the territory of being a parent so I applaud Pamela, founder of ARookieParent.com when she says:
"As a rookie parent, I find it frustrating that I get bombarded by advice from everyone's belief, habit, tradition, folklore, etc. Almost none offers a scientific explanation. Most advice are also based on what the parents want, not what's best for the children. So I want to share (not preach hopefully) what I've found . Hope other parents and most importantly, THE CHILDREN, can benefit."
Babies obviously don't come with instructions so I really appreciate Pamela's straightforward approach. Anything we minimalist parents can do to decrease the hype and cut through the trends is always an excellent addition to the community! Thankfully all you rookie parents out there can feel better knowing one true fact: Your children only have one you so why bother with perfection?