Putting Bubbles in a Box

by Caroline on April 28, 2012


Who would want to put these in a box? *

Trying to keep bubbles in a box is a ridiculous idea. You just can’t do it. The second they touch the sides of the box, pop! they’re gone, with nothing but a soapy residue left from the explosion.

The same thing can be said for my older daughter, whom we affectionately call Bubbles. I see how she struggles to sit in her chair and do her lessons. Since we’re at home, she can get up a lot more and take a break when she needs to, but it can also make it a little too easy to stay distracted. Of course, with ADHD, she’s pretty much always distracted.

Yesterday the two of us worked together to review for a social studies chapter test. We had a 40-question study guide to go through. It was grueling, for both of us; Bubbles because she’s not really interested in the industrialization of the United States in the late 1800s, and me because I could not keep her focused on the task at hand. It took us well over an hour to get through the questions because she kept stopping, or wasn’t listening, or got over-excited about something. (Andrew Carnegie is her new hero. His patronage of schools and libraries is the one thing she took from all those lessons. Every time his name came up she’d get a bit excited.) The whole time I felt like I was trying to put Bubbles in a box.

I’m not sure how to make this process work much better. As it is, I have to read the lessons to her, or we read them aloud to each other, because otherwise she just doesn’t get anything into her precious little head. She looks at it, but doesn’t really read it.

Sometimes I feel like I need to set up a recording that says, “Calm down, Bubbles,” every 30 seconds.      🙁

* “Birthday Bubbles” photo and thumbnail by flickr user Rev Dan Catt. See Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie April 29, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Hey yeah – my “bubbles” are named Brenna Loo and Noah Too. Love you guys! Jule


Caroline April 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm

And what cute little bubbles they are, too. 😀


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