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How I find babysitters while traveling around the world

Aug 10, 2019

This has been the question of the month:

How do you find babysitters while traveling?

Well, my work, my mental sanity, my survival and the relationship with my husband depend on it, so I take this babysitter scouting business very seriously and make it a priority for the first two days. Today I want to share all secrets with you ;-)

If you follow my stories on Instagram, you know that everywhere I go, in just a matter of days, I find someone I can trust to look after my children. We’re currently in Paris for a month: we arrived on Friday and on Sunday I had already found a babysitter. She came on Monday to try, the kids liked her, I liked her (she even cleaned the kitchen after making pasta fore the kids), she’s the one. (As a matter of fact, she’s there with them right now, which is why I’m able to write this).

I can’t really tell you how to find a babysitter, I can only tell you how *I* find babysitters. So here’s three stories.

How I found a babysitter in Montreal

When we lived a month in Montreal, we arrived at our AirBnb a bit earlier than the check-in time, and a lovely French-speaking girl was cleaning the apartment. She seemed right, so I asked her and she said yes. She came one day, the kids liked her, but I wasn’t sure (I felt like her personality wasn’t the right match for the kids).

The following day, at the playground, I met a mom who recommended her babysitter, a Venezuelan girl. She came one day and we all adored her (probably also because of the language), so we continued with her.

How I found two babysitters in Budapest

The very first week, we went to an Italian restaurant and I really liked the Italian waitress, she was sweet and connected with the kids. In that moment, I didn’t think of asking her, but when we went back the week after it was the first thing I did.

Eleonora came for one week, and when she went on holiday, she introduced us to her Italian friend Jenny who babysat the kids for the rest of our stay. The kids loved them both!

How I found a babysitter in Paris

On our third day in Paris, we went to a playground and I heard the cashier, a lovely Argentinian girl, speak Spanish. I said to her, “Hi, this might sound weird, but we’re here for a month and we’re looking for a babysitter. Would you know someone?”.

She didn’t, but she directed me to a Facebook group “Argentinos en Paris” where I found our current babysitter (that I selected among tens of girls who responded to my enquiry post).

My “secrets”

So I guess my secrets, in order, are:

  • Be cheeky
  • Ask moms you like at playgrounds
  • Ask people you instinctively like (your instinct knows best)
  • Ask on Facebook groups of people who live in the city (I do this before getting there)
  • Know your type. Knowing the kind of person you like helps: I prefer young, fun and confident girls than experienced old ladies, so that’s the type of person I look for.
  • Follow your guts: I’m leaving my kids, my everything, with a stranger. Mo matter how much I need a babysitter, if something (anything, her look, her attitude, her right ear lobe… anything!) doesn’t feel right, it’s not right. But if it feels right, it usually is.

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The blog

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

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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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!)
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The power of NOT complaining: can you do it for a whole month?
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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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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 dreaming of La Tela
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