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10k on Instagram!

Dec 15, 2020

I've been thinking a lot about how to celebrate 10k followers. But the only thing I really wanted was to invite you all here, to my home. This blog, this web of thoughts, has been home to me for the past 10 years, and finally being able to invite you here whenever I feel like it makes me happy.

Theres so many of you.

There was many of you already whe you were 50 or 678 or 3,423 or 8,952. And you keep growing and growing and growing. Since the very beginning, I kept imagining a grassy field with many little chairs, one for me and another 10,000 for you. This thought has always been with me, "this is not just a number, it's 543 people reading what I write".

But then, along the way – I admit it – there were times when that number… was just a number.

When I write, write, write, but IG doesn't show you my content because it prioritizes big accounts. Or when you hundreds of you ask me privately the same link to the same blog post and I have to copy and paste it hundreds of times because I don't have the swipe-up. When I want to share with you an article or a video that made me think, but I don't because "how can I share it easily?".

In those moments, we weren't many little chairs, we were a number, and that number was frustrating, demotivating. It brought out a part of me that I didn't like, it wasn't me. In my life, I have learned to fight against whatever doesn't make me happy, either by changing myself or the circumstances. In this case I thought I had to change the circumstances, a bit like when I feel addicted to sugar and remove sugar for months.

And then you showed up. Even the ones who never write, even the ones who follow me silently, even the ones whom I didn't know existed. I don't know how many of you wrote to me yesterday, cuddling me and alleviating my frustration.

But I know one thing. I don't want to leave this community on Instagram.

Instagram has given me a lot. It's where I started my personal evolution and learned concepts that have changed me immensely – body positivity, disordered eating, gender discrimination, ableism, anti-racism. On Instagram I found Italian friends who share my values ​​and whom I'm now inc ontact on whatsapp – and this would have been difficult not only because I lived in Spain, but also had I lived in a small Italian town.

No, 10k doesn't change my love-and-hate relationship with Instagram. But it changes my attitude, it brings it back to the way it was, when I couldn't care less about growing – if I stop here, I swear I would be happy anyway. Because this is my home – these pages you are reading – and now I can invite you over whenever I want.

To these 10,000 🥂. And maybe one day we really meet on a grassy field (no chairs, though, bring a mat).

You rock. We rock. Thanks for showing up.

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The blog

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

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.
An example of how I practice empathy with my kids
How I show empathy to my children
Happy 4th birthday, Emily
Montessori New Year's tradition
Montessori Peace table
Audiobooks of real-life stories for kids
10k on Instagram!
Terrible twos
The organs of the body: workshop for kids
Kids understand if you give them honesty
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
New to La Tela?
I’ve prepared collections on various topics that I’ve written over the years. Perhaps you’ll find one that interests you.

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.

Podcast

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

Jan 15, 2021 • 20m
Come "montessorizzare" la casa per dare indipendenza ai bambini
In questo episodio di Educare con Calma parliamo di come offrire indipendenza in casa attraverso l'ambiente. Vi parlo dell'importanza dell'ambiente (anche nelle scuole Montessori), di quanto sia importante apportare piccoli cambiamenti in casa per dare più indipendenza ai bambini, e anche di come purtroppo questo non sia sufficiente… Questo tema è uno dei primi che avevo in mente di trattare sul podcast… meglio tardi che mai! 🌸 -- Come appoggiare il podcast: Io non faccio pubblicità e non acc...
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Jan 13, 2021 • 05m
Montessori in 5': Un metodo per smettere di criticare
Ho deciso di creare una piccola rubrica sul podcast in cui vi parlo di Montessori, educazione consapevole, disciplina dolce, disciplina positiva (chiamatela come volete, io la chiamo "educazione a lungo termine" 😉) e in ogni episodio tratto un tema in soli 5 minuti. In questo primo episodio vi suggerisco un metodo (infallibile) per smettere di criticare continuamente i nostri figli (a voi piacerebbe sentirvi sempre criticati e corretti?). L'episodio è nato da questa riflessione che ho fatto s...
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Jan 8, 2021 • 31m
Viaggiare a tempo pieno: domande e risposte
In questo episodio di Educare con Calma rispondo alle vostre domande (più ripetute) sul nostro stile di vita di viaggiatori a tempo pieno: perché lo abbiamo scelto, come ci manteniamo, come permettiamo lo sviluppo sociale dei bambini e molto di più. Vi lascio anche alcuni articoli relazionati a ciò di cui parlo nell'episodio: I bambini devono uscire dalla propria zona di comfort  Vuoi un cambiamento nella tua vita? Trova la grotta! Se ti va, lasciami un commento sotto gli articoli per farmi s...
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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.