|The Child Project was founded in September of 2012 to provide a philosophical study and support forum dedicated to improving the quality of life for children through the philosophical education of those entrusted with their care. We do this by offering instruction, counseling, and coaching in "conscious parenting." an approach rooted in unconditional respect for children and the willingness of their parents to address and resolve whatever contradictions they themselves may be carrying. Without this self-work, we've seen too many times how even intelligent, deeply caring, and relatively enlightened parents fall into habitual reactions detrimental to their children's self-confidence, native playfulness and joy in being alive, and sense of the world as a friendly place. It is inevitable then, that the conscious parenting is inseparable from conscious living.
Self-work is joyful work. Resolving long-held contradictions frees us to feel more alive, more connected with others and the world, more in tune with ourselves and our sense of purpose. Our very presence then is an encouragement and an example. Having become more available to life, we also are more available to the living present and to those who matter to us most.
Children trust us to be as innocent and receptive as they are. By working on and resolving our contradictions, we can keep from passing those contradictions along, for whatever self-work we leave undone, our children are bound to inherit.
Children are perhaps the most mistreated minority in the world. From thoughtless verbal abuse to the unthinkable "collateral damage" and "acceptable losses" of military campaigns, children have no defense but our willingness to improve ourselves humanly. There is much darkness to curse in this regard. The Child Project is the candle that we choose to light instead. It is our hope, our passion, and our aim to do all we can to help parents everywhere to do the same.
|Cathey Polly was certified in 1974 as a Montessori Directress, launching a career that would focus on education and the cultivation of each student's talents and gifts. After earning bachelor's and master's degrees in education, she joined the faculty at Valencia Community College in Orlando, Florida. Cathey has an extensive background of spiritual practice rooted in Unitarian Universalist principles, and has also studied Zen Buddhism. She completed the Field Project Course in the spring of 1998, and has attended numerous Practica and workshops since. Consistently acknowledged by her fellow students for the compassion and clarity she embodies, Cathey has completed the Field Project Facilitator Training and Coach Training Certification programs, and in 2012, became the Field Project's first Certified Instructor. In 2013, she became director of the Child Project.|
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