La Tela di Carlotta
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Alex

Aug 11, 2020

Born in 1985 in Helsinki (Finland). His mother passed away when he was 6.

He left school when he was 14 because it wasn’t for him, and started working in IT.

At 15 he went to live alone.

At 19 he moved to Spain.

At 20 he started working in a company with an American guy (now they are partners, and are going for 14 years of marriage 😉). At that time, he won the Slashdot redesign contest and worked with Google, Virgin America, YouTube…

At 22 he met Carlotta, at 25 he married her, at 30 he had Oliver, at 31 Emily, at 33 he sold everything to travel the world, at 34 he left. He celebrated his 35th birthday in Bali.

He is always positive and optimistic, he believes that nothing is impossible, his superpower is to find anything on Google, and he has an amazing memory (which at times makes him a bit presumptuous and annoying, but we keep him as he is).

Curiosity

He was a very loud boy, often lost his voice, and once the doctor prescribed him to stay silent for a week, because of his vocal cords getting irritated. 😂

When he was young he had a rare disease, rheumatic fever, that no one could identify and kept him in the hospital for many months and unwell for two years.

He never went to the army, because he moved abroad: Finland is the only European country where the army is still compulsory, so he was unable to return to Helsinki until he was 31 (year in which Carlotta also visited it for the first time).

When he left school he worked in a pizzeria as the pizza delivery guy, then he was promoted to pizza maker. He still makes delicious pizza from scratch at home (which makes Carlotta very happy).

He moved to Spain in search for the sun and picked Fuengirola because there is a large community of Finns there.

When he moved to Spain he slept in the awning of a camper van and had something like €1 per day to eat.

He has a very strong sense of justice and respect for others.

He rented a car and drove it from Spain to Italy and back to Spain to pick up Carlotta (with her whole life in boxes) and move her to Marbella.

He prefers to buy online, because he hates bad selection in physical stores. He is really good at it and is the official shopper for the whole family (even for Carlotta!).

He is the family cook, Carlotta rarely steps into the kitchen.

Since they've been together, not a day has gone by that he hasn't said to Carlotta "You are beautiful".

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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.