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Let's start September with energy and exciting projects

Sep 6, 2016

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September, as many of my readers already know, is for me like the beginning of a new year.

English lessons (mine and my teachers’) start and with them comes the chaos of old and new students, hours, days, timetables, programs, materials… This year, however, is a bit different for me: I decided to delegate all my English lessons to my lovely teachers and focus professionally on my blog, which is growing quickly before my astonished eyes.

A year ago, my small web of thoughts became trilingual, not so much to reach more countries, but to make sure that my international friends could read it and share this journey with me. Since then, with the precision of a Swiss clock, every month the visits increased, every week I received more newsletter subscriptions, and every day some reader left me a comment or wrote me an email with compliments, questions, or just a “hello” to introduce their family to me (my favorite!).

I started columns that I couldn’t carry on, like Team Mama that from a monthly column became more of a guest post once in a while (a dear friend of mine is wrapping up one that I’m sure you’ll all love!), and I underestimated others, that are now giving me great satisfaction, like my baby product reviews that allowed me to rank first on Google.it.

I wrote, wrote and wrote, often with a very specific goal in mind, sometimes more in an impromptu kind of way. I wrote day in and day out (sometimes at night) just to be able to publish and not let my readers down. I didn’t stop even when I thought, “Why am I doing this? Three languages? It’s three times the effort! You’re crazy!”. After all, I had to honor my theory of “You create your own passion. The more you do, the better you become at it, the more you fall in love with what you do”.

Thanks to La Tela I grew as a blogger, but also as a mother, wife and person—I always say it, writing is a therapy. But not only. Thanks to La Tela, also my first child, my school language Enclavia Languages, has evolved and it is slowly turning into a business on autopilot (or at least that is the direction it’s taking).

So this year I start September on La Tela with a lot of energy and huge projects, like to make video reviews for my YouTube channel or bring more and more Montessori into your houses, starting with finally publishing (very soon now!) my first booklet on the practical aspects of the Montessori philosophy, and how to start your Montessori journey at home.

I hope you’ll continue to follow me and help me weave my web of thoughts by sharing my posts and articles with the families you love. And I hope you too can start September with energy and projects—old or new, small or big, professional or personal—that excite you, because at the end of the day there is nothing better than a little fire of passion inside us.

Big hugs to all.

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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.
Bean and seed mosaic
I'm not perfect. I'm aware
DIY yoga cards for kids
Children at the restaurant: let's recalibrate expectations
Don't ask your children to share their toys
Those "good job" that erode our children's confidence
Our Montessori birthday
Two alternatives to screens that my kids love
Using fear and threats to control children is never right!
"Stop crying!" doesn't work
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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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!

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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
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