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Happy 4th birthday, Emily

Dec 31, 2020

Dear Emily,

Today you turn 4. I feel like no words will describe accurately what a special person you are, but as every year, I’m writing you a letter for you to look back at when you’re older.

You’re pure joy, my little Ellie. You wake up smiling every morning – since I’ve known you, you haven’t had a bad day.

You get excited for the smallest things, and your enthusiasm and your laughter are contagious. You’re optimistic about everything that life throws at you.

You’re kind and generous. You’re funny, and always have an answer for everything – and when you’re short for words, you simply invent them (“quilent” is your latest invention, a mix between quiet and silent). You know exactly what you like and what you don’t, which makes you stubborn at times – but it’s a trait of your character we’ll always try to nurture.

You love pink so much – something I’ll never truly understand.

You don’t like most desserts and sweets – also something I’ll never truly understand.

You’ve been on the road almost half your life.

You crossed an ocean for the first time when you were 18 months.

You’ve been a full-time traveler since you were 2,5 years old.

You turned 3 in Vietnam.

You’re turning 4 in New Zealand.

You had so many first times around the world.

The first best friendship was in Spain.

The first “terrible two” tantrum was in Canada.

The first time you walked into a school without needing me to stay with you was in Singapore.

The first whole fish you ate was in Thailand.

The first time you overcame your fear of putting your head underwater was in Malaysia.

The first time you had a holiday living with friends was in Vietnam.

The first time you loved jumping the waves on the shore was in Bali.

The first time you slept the whole night without waking up was in New Zealand – sometimes I still can’t quite believe that our sleepless nights are over. In New Zealand you also learnt to ride a bike, to swim and to stop wearing nappies at night… funny, in New Zealand you unexpectedly spent a quarter of your life.

Today we’re away from our extended family, and there’s no friend celebrating your birthday with you, but your smile doesn’t seem to fade, and I know we’re enough for you – you show us every day that we’re everything you need.

Thank you for being the way you are, and most of all for teaching me every day a little bit more about true happiness. I just want you to know, I’m learning. With every fibre of my being, I’ll never stop learning from you.

Oliver, daddy and I love you to the moon and back.

Happy 4th birthday, my best Emily.

Your best mamma

PS. Today, celebrating your Montessori birthday and looking at the photos of your first four years, I realized how much life you have already lived, and us with you. What a privilege! 😍 And what a birthday today… Wow! We went on a treasure hunt, blew out the candles on the cake (chocolate and cream, as you requested), went horseback riding, swam in the pool, and had your favorite menu for dinner: corn and haloumi!

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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.
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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?)
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Clean up your planet, please!
Infographic: 8 steps to switch to cloth nappies (a guide for reluctant parents)
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A change of life always widens your horizons
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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.

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

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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.
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