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Parenting as 'A Help to Life': Modeling the Principle of Unconditional Respect and Learning by Love (Volume 1) Paperback – June 10, 2012
About the Author
Nelunika Gunawardena Rajapakse is a proud citizen of her world having been long in residence—nearly five decades—in the United States. She is the only daughter, besides two precious sons, of the late Dionicious and Mildred Gunawardena, who arrived in the USA, in the mid-1960s. The latter was trained directly under Dr. Maria Montessori in 1943, and it was her pride and joy to share the original vision of Montessori, amidst a growing interest, then, in the United States—to assimilate and put into practice its innovative educational principles. Nelunika, needless to say, has been a product of this unmatched authentic vision from the very inception of her life, to this day— naturally equipped to nurture, inspire, and educate children of humanity (from birth through adolescence, and beyond), grounded in moral-sensitive awareness. Mentored all along by her resolutely dedicated Montessori pedagogue mother—and, together, having worked in partnership for three decades—Nelunika is a proud beneficiary of an experientially founded, intellectual legacy. She boasts a rich, cumulative history of exemplary Montessori in practice for over forty years, having been the head directress, administrator, and chief operating officer of the much admired Bainbridge~Solon Montessori School (1970-2012) that served scores of children and parents in Ohio, USA. The author, above and beyond all things, cherishes her morally grounded ‘lived and learned’ upbringing under the nurturing guidance of her parents. Nelunika, in turn, reflects on living a spiritually rich life through every breath of her own existence. She realizes that improvement and enrichment in sustaining values ‘as a help to life’—to all that compose life—requires patience and mindful effort, hand in hand. Hence, maintaining a selfless cultivated awareness is crucial to life’s overall success. The aspiration to guide others in the direction of true peace and eternal joy, thus, is Nelunika’s heartfelt wish. Presently, the author lives her renewed and pioneering vision along her steadfast mission to ‘Raise the Position of Today’s Child and the World’ while sharing her ‘Vision for Intellectual Wellness for all Ages’. As such, she disseminates her wisdom and expertise through the creation of invaluable time-stamps of her life-experience. Additionally, Nelunika Gunawardena Rajapakse is a devoted professional trainer, and a mentor for parents—engaged in sharing her expertise to suit the needs of diverse audiences.
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The principles espoused in Nelun's book are set forth in graceful language and are simple enough for every parent to try...by both those with experience in a Montessori system and those without.
In this age where nearly every child has a Nintendo DS, X-box and Wii by the time they are in gradeschool, Nelun's suggestions for spending quality time with children and teaching them through lived experience and love are invaluable and beautiful in their simplicity. Parenting is a difficult job but one that is so important that we should all step back and analyze the methods by which we do parent and ask ourselves..."Are we truly providing our children with a foundation that is a help to life?" And if not, how do we seek to remedy that? The pointers and information contained in this book will help all parents build that foundation upon patience, peace, compassion and love. If you perhaps were a result of less than ideal parenting (and weren't we all to some extent?) and you are looking for a different path upon which to lead your children, read this book!