Glenn Moscoso was born with cerebral palsy. He is a parent to two boys. As a parent with a disability, Glenn admits he always believed that participating in activities with his children would be a challenge. However, Glenn’s sons taught him otherwise.
Glenn shares three “kid approved” activities for a parent who uses a wheelchair:
Playing In The Dirt
Glenn’s son loves to play in the dirt with his monster trucks. While it is not impossible for Glenn to get down on the ground to play with his son, it is quite a challenge. Glenn says his son noticed this at a young age when he did not want to go outside and play in the dirt because his dad could not come.
“I remember when we told him to go out in the backyard and dig in the dirt, he said in his 4-year-old vocabulary, at the time, – then daddy can’t play.”
To fix this issue, Glenn and his wife found a free-standing planter on Amazon along with two bags of all-purpose top soil. Glenn says, “Just like that we had a wheelchair accessible dirt box.”
Glenn states that his son “eats, sleeps, and breathes” baseball. Glenn loves to coach his son and help him practice his skills at home. Catching is one skill that his son needs the most practice with. However, Glenn says, “I can throw, roll, and even kick a ball. But, I’m not able to catch small balls particularly baseballs with or without a glove.” Glenn’s inability to catch a ball did not deter his son from wanting to play catch with his dad. He just adapted the activity for his dad.
“After a few rounds of throwing and catching he realized I couldn’t catch to save my life. On his own, he began bringing me the ball after he caught the ball.”
Glenn took his son’s concept and went on Amazon and ordered a bucket of baseballs. “Now, when we play catch, I throw him balls he catches the ball, he drops the ball on the ground and I throw him another. Once the bucket is empty, he takes the bucket and goes around and collects the balls. We go at it again,” says Glenn.
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Floor Is Lava
Glenn explains the game, “The Floor is Lava, is the latest craze in kids’ games. The way its played is at any given time a child will blurt out “the floor is lava” and all the kids around will jump on a couch, chair, or whatever is around in-order to get off the floor.”
Glenn’s son adapted the game for his dad. Glenn writes, “I was taken back a little when my son comes up to me out of the blue and says “DAD, the floors lava! So, I looked at him like … uhh … son what do you want me to do! Without skipping a beat, he says get to the carpet before I get to 10. He starts counting 1. 2.. 3.. as he sees me getting closer to the carpet he begins laughing hysterically and starts counting faster.”
Glenn encourages other parents to participate in activities with their children. He concludes, “Most importantly, your disability is not a disability to (your children) it’s their norm! So, go out there and get your hands and wheels dirty in the dirt!”
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