La Tela di Carlotta
Hello friend!

We are not raising children, we are raising adults.

I want to show you an alternative way of raising kids, so that everyone's potential – parents’ and children’s – can shine. Because alone, I can’t change education, but together we can.

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The blog

I write mainly about Montessori, parenthood, and multilingualism. Here are some recent posts.

Mums, dads & kids
We don't know how to be parents, we learn it everyday as we go. This is my way of motherhood, the small victories and the bitter defeats, my inconvenient truths and the endless life lessons. And also all the baby products and toys we love the most.
Story of a burnout
Happy 6th birthday, Oliver!
My kid doesn't want to apologise
How to leave the playground without power struggles
This is life
Audiobooks of real-life stories for kids
Let's not project our insecurities onto our kids
Question authorities
Parents need to be constructively selfish
One more step towards self-acceptance
Montessori
One day a few years ago my husband came home and said, "Why don't we put a mattress on the floor in the baby room? It'd be much more natural". "Never" was my reply. That's how our Montessori journey started. Since then we've been living, breathing and applying the philosophy at home day in and day out, starting from ourselves. Because educating children starts from the parents.
Wait for their answers
Montessori VS "the real world"
Consent: workshop for kids
Montessori express: change the sentences into positive
Montessori express: everything is NOT fine
My baby cries desperately in the car (15 months)
Take care of the mother behind the woman
Montessori express: ask instead of correcting
Montessori express: describe instead of criticising
An example of how I practice empathy with my kids
Living sustainably
Living sustainably for me doesn’t only mean to have a more eco-friendly lifestyle. It means to make decisions that are sustainable for our planet, the people on it, but also for our life, our lifestyle, and our happiness. It means to take any daily chance to evolve and be happier, healthier, kinder, more responsible and more caring human beings—the only sustainable way for a meaningful future.
Face yoga is an act of self love
Why you should wear the same outfit twice on Instagram
The power of creating habits (and why you should do it, even if you then break them!)
Responsible eating is the diet of the future (Would you like to teach it to your kids?)
The power of NOT complaining: can you do it for a whole month?
Clean up your planet, please!
Infographic: 8 steps to switch to cloth nappies (a guide for reluctant parents)
A personal note on happiness
A personal note on social media
A change of life always widens your horizons
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I’ve prepared collections on various topics that I’ve written over the years. Perhaps you’ll find one that interests you.

Podcast

On my podcast, “Educare con calma”, I talk about various topics, from Montessori to sustainability. Only in Italian!

Apr 30, 2021 00:46:14
Educare un figlio è generare un mondo nuovo / con Francesca Cavallo
L'ho riascoltata tante volte, cosa che raramente faccio con i miei episodi. In questa puntata di Educare con calma parlo con Francesca Cavallo dei suoi libri, dei messaggi nei suoi libri, di educazione, di evoluzione personale, della sua nuova casa editrice indipendente Undercats, dei progetti futuri (uno che vede la luce già a luglio!). Quando parlo con persone come Francesca è come se tutte le energie della mia missione per l'educazione si rinnovassero. Grazie, Francesca! — Trovate Francesc...
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Apr 27, 2021 00:07:49
Montessori in 5': Aspetta le sue risposte!
In questo episodio di Montessori in 5 (ehm 7) minuti, vi propongo una scena tipica tra fratelli: uno si fa male e cerca consolazione nelle braccia del genitore e questo inizia a fare domande per capire che cos'è successo e trovare la soluzione. Vi spiego come, secondo me, si possa essere mediatore e non giudice nella risoluzione di questo conflitto o anche solo dell'emozione. Nell'episodio menziono:  L'episodio 21: conflitti tra fratelli   Un mio post recente su Instagram sulla responsabilità...
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Apr 23, 2021 00:23:29
Sensi di colpa (parte 2): "Non sto facendo abbastanza"
🎙 NON STO FACENDO ABBASTANZA! Dopo lo scorso episodio su un tipo di senso di colpa (il classico "Sto sbagliando tutto"), oggi vi racconto di quest’altra frase che sento e leggo spesso. Spero che la mia soluzione per scacciare anche questo senso di colpa possa aiutare anche voi e spero che dopo averlo ascoltato vi chiediate più spesso "Che cosa sono disposta/o ad offrire?". PS. Sono contenta che l’episodio della scorsa settimana vi sia piaciuto così tanto, mi sa che questa dei sensi di colpa p...
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Travel

We sold everything to travel the world for two years. We're currently in New Zealand.

Books

In 2020 I wrote 4 books for the Italian collection “Gioca and Impara con il metodo Montessori” curated by Grazia Honegger Fresco. The collection is a project by Il Corriere della Sera and La Gazzetta dello Sport.

We also implemented the workshops of the last 15 volumes of the collection with Oliver and Emily.

Instagram

I update Instagram almost every day to be "close" to my family far away.

Why La Tela di Carlotta?
I dreamed of the name La Tela di Carlotta. One morning I woke up and in my dreams I had created a blog named just like the American novel (Charlotte's Web). Many years and endless ups and downs later, this web of thoughts and stories is my work. It took me a long time to understand what kind of online presence I wanted and today I know: I'm transparent, I show real life, I don't advertise, I only recommend sustainable brands (and not only because they pay me) and I believe in the value of my blog and my courses—because if we don't believe in the value of our work, no one will believe in it for us.
Carlotta
Carlotta dreaming of La Tela
I know! I don't want it to be over yet either.