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Sep 14, 2015

Like for many teachers and mothers, for me the New Year starts in September. Not in January. When I tell my husband, “Next year…” he asks, “next year in September, or next year for real?”

It’s true. September, not January, is the month of New Year’s resolutions, new projects, big changes, exciting beginnings. But it’s also the most stressful month, as it means organizing timetables, calling students, making everybody happy by giving them their favorite time (which seems to be always the same for everybody), organising material, decluttering drawers and cupboards.

This year, on top of everything, there’s also my little monkey who needs my attention 24/7—attention that I want to give him as much as possible, because he’s the most amazing tiny person I’ve ever met :-P

So it seems only fair that La Tela, this tiny window on my life and what I love, has its new beginning, too. Here’s what’s new, I hope you like it!

Three languages

You probably noticed that lots of my posts are in two or three languages. I’ve always done it, I’m trilingual and I’ve got a translator soul. So from now on all my posts will be in three languages—Italian, English and Spanish.

I'm in three languages, too!

As everything else is in three languages, my About page couldn’t be any different. So it’s now also in English and Spanish.

Shorter posts

When I read a long post, even if interests me, I feel like stopping half way. Not because of lack of concentration, but because half of those words are often unnecessary. Briefness is an art. Self editing, too.

That’s why from now on, my posts will be short and sweet, and will reflect more my practical and easy-going lifestyle. In fact, this will be the longest post in a while :-)

New content

I’ve always written about paleo, exercise, good quality products, English, teaching, things that inspire me. I’ll keep writing about all that.

But as being a mother is now a huge part of my life, you’ll see increasingly more posts about Oliver, his progress, the Montessori method, and baby product reviews.

Coming soon in Mamme & Bimbi

Stokke Xplory and Babybjörn highchair review, Baby Led Weaning to introduce solids in baby’s diet, how to strengthen his back when it’s time to sit, miraculous belly massage to help with wind and colics. And I’ll also write about my paleo diet in pregnancy and how it helped me get back in shape for a dance show two months after Oliver was born.

My favorite blogs translated for you

Once in a while, I’ll translate a post from one of my favourite blogs, the ones that inspire and motivate me to follow our non-traditional lifestyle. You’ll see Montessori en Casa, Zen Habits, A Cup of Jo, Me Gusta Estar Bien and many other.

Sharing is growing!

At the end of every post, you’ll find this text.

Did you like it? Click the heart, share it or leave a comment :-)

I’d really like you to do it. I’d love for La Tela to grow on Google and Google likes three things: 1. Lots of content, 2. Shared links and 3. Comments. I’ll take care of the first one, but I’ll need your help with the other two.

  • It takes 10 minutes (or less) to leave a comment—good, bad, compliments, critiques, all comments are welcome.
  • It takes 30 seconds to share a post—on Twitter, Pinterest or Facebook.
  • It takes 2 seconds to click the heart—this doesn't help La Tela grow, but it makes me happy (and the animation is so cute!).

Newsletter

If you like the content of La Tela, sign up for the newsletter in the side bar (or down below if you’re on an iPhone). You’ll get only one email per week with the latest posts, on Tuesday at 9am.

Twitter

I’m more and more active on Twitter and I’m actually starting to enjoy it. If you have a Twitter account, let’s follow each other! Also, from now on my posts will have quotes that you can tweet directly with one click. Like this one.

“For us mums and teachers, the New Year starts in September. Not in January.”

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This is all. For this new beginning at least. Hope to see you around La Tela :-)

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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
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!

Oct 16, 2020 • 19m
La nostra routine con i bimbi
Mi chiedete spessissimo quale sia la nostra routine a casa con i bimbi e in questo episodio vi svelo che noi, una routine vera e propria, non ce l'abbiamo. Abbiamo una routine minima e indispensabile, che è un concetto che mi sono totalmente inventata su due piedi mentre parlavo a briglia sciolta in questo episodio, ma che credo funzioni davvero. Almeno per noi. La routine minima e indispensabile, secondo me, risponde anche a un altro "problema": trovo che ci bombardino spesso con l'idea del...
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Oct 9, 2020 • 24m
Sostenibilità: come sensibilizzare i bambini e i giovani adulti | Con Cristiana Cerri Gambarelli
In questa puntata a due voci di Educare con Calma – divisa a metà perché amo gli episodi corti - parliamo di sostenibilità e per farlo ho invitato mia sorella, Cristiana Cerri Gambarelli, project manager della Federazione dei Giovani Verdi Europei e un esempio per chiunque voglia intraprendere un viaggio nella sostenibilità: negli ultimi ha cambiato tutta la sua vita per ridurre la sua impronta di carbonio e per prendere ogni giorno decisioni più sostenibili per il nostro pianeta e in questa ...
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Oct 2, 2020 • 24m
Intraprendere un viaggio nella sostenibilità | Con Cristiana Cerri Gambarelli
In questa puntata a due voci di Educare con Calma – divisa a metà perché amo gli episodi corti - parliamo di sostenibilità e per farlo ho invitato mia sorella, Cristiana Cerri Gambarelli, project manager della Federazione dei Giovani Verdi Europei e un esempio per chiunque voglia intraprendere un viaggio nella sostenibilità: negli ultimi ha cambiato tutta la sua vita per ridurre la sua impronta di carbonio e per prendere ogni giorno decisioni più sostenibili per il nostro pianeta e in questa ...
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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.