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We lost Froggy :-(

Nov 24, 2015

It’s undeniable, dads are always less careful than mums.

It’s not that they don’t care, it’s just that they don’t think ahead. So when they give a piece of food to their baby, they don’t think, “Let’s pull his sleeves up so I don’t have to do another laundry”. And they don’t realise that letting the baby crawl on the dirty kitchen floor is probably not the best idea after putting the pjs on and just before going to bed.

So when Alex was pushing the pram at the mall and gave Oliver his favorite toy, he probably didn’t think, “He drops everything, let’s keep an eye on the toy so we don’t lose it”.

And so it happened. Somewhere between Zara and C&A, Oliver—ehm, Alex—lost Froggy. We retraced our steps in the hope of finding it—in a crowded mall on a Saturday afternoon, silly us!—but it was gone.

Now, I’d have gotten upset for losing any toy, but more so for losing Froggy, because it was one of our favourites—typical, isn’t it? We don’t buy many toys for Oliver—I prefer books or things he can find and explore around the house—water bottles, kitchen tools, remote controls—and most of the toys he has were gifts. But when we do buy a toy, we like good quality, simple design and possibly natural materials (I love wood).

Froggy was a beautifully crafted rattle that made a gentle sound (great for mummy’s and daddy’s ears), 100% hand-made out of natural cotton, and quite big compared to most rattles (15 cm tall)—which made it really nice to hold and very soft to chew.

I was surprised at how resistant it was and how quick it dried when I had to wash it after a few months of use—I hand-washed it with the same detergent I use for Oliver’s clothes and in a few hours it was dry and ready to use again. Just perfect!

Oliver’s not really attached to any toy or teddy bear in particular, but Froggy was the closest thing to a favourite toy. Every time I’d give it to him, he’d smile, shake it, eat his eyes, play with it for a long while and sometimes even fall asleep in the pram while holding it (which is a miracle nowadays).

And not only we lost it, we lost it before I could take good pictures to write a very nice review on La Tela. Scroll up to see the only two photos I have—in the second one, the model is great-grandma Bruna… she loved it, too ;-)

PS. We bought Froggy in We bought it in  jugaryjugar. And now a very nice fox has joined the collection of froggy, piggy and owl!

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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.

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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.
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