On Christmas Day, CHRISTINE McGuinness announced that her children tucked in fish fingers and chips.
The Real Housewives Of Cheshire star, writing on Instagram, clarified that her kids – twins Penelope and Leo, 7, and Felicity, four years old – all have autism and ‘like what they like.’
“She wrote: “Because for Christmas day autism does not end! They like what they want and I want my kids to eat, so I choose my fights and today I don’t want one!
For those who does not understand this, for people with autism, food aversion can be very prevalent. This is not lazy parenting or fussy kids, because of their disorder that restricts what our kids eat, it’s sensory problems. I am pleased that they are trying new textures quite slowly.
I’m just glad they were eating because there were moments when they absolutely declined.
It may be basic, but they’re happy and their tummies are full, and it’s still all beige.
“For anyone with autistic children this Christmas.. I hope you had a calm day, I feel your exhaustion and I hear your sigh of relief that the Christmas period is almost over.”
It seems, however, that Paddy and Christine had a full roast – showing off their plates of food stacked high.
“Waffles, fish fingers & beans here – no change just because it’s Christmas Day!!”Waffles, fish fingers & beans here – no change just because it’s Christmas Day!!
Another fan added: “You guys are such an inspiration & role models, merry Christmas.”
In the past, Christine has spoken about how hard it is for the family to celebrate Christmas and put up her first Christmas tree last year in six years.
“She wrote last year: “I’m the proudest mummy, around our Christmas tree, I can’t believe my babies are happy. Christmas is always a very difficult time of year for us, our children can get confused, upset with all the changes everywhere, the absence of school routine, they get overstimulated, and daily meltdowns are a given of nervous meaning.
I’m planning more than ever this year, visiting Christmas shows as often as possible (even if we only last 5 minutes).. choosing decorations together for our tree, using visual calendars, reading Christmas stories, even watching repeated Peppa Pig’s Christmas.
They’re coping well so far, and for the first time in years, we’ve managed to put a tree up at home without any frustration! Now, somehow, for the next 2 weeks, I just need to keep this whole cool, prepared, structured Christmas feeling.
“She wrote last year: “I am the proudest mummy. I can’t believe my babies are happy around our Christmas tree. For us, Christmas is always a really rough time of year, our kids can get confused, frustrated with all the changes everywhere, the lack of school routine, they get overstimulated, and anxious sense is given to daily meltdowns.
I expect to attend Christmas shows as much as possible this year, more than ever before (even if we only last 5 minutes).. Choosing decorations for our tree together, using visual calendars, reading Christmas books, and seeing Christmas replicated by Peppa Pig.
So far, they’re coping well, and we’ve managed to put a tree up at home without any resentment for the first time in years! Now, somehow, I just need to maintain this whole cool, prepared, structured Christmas feeling for the next 2 weeks.
In the UK, it affects roughly one in 100 individuals and is three to four times more prevalent in boys than in girls.
Their language learning will take longer while they are young, and they can fail to use facial expressions, using gestures to communicate instead.
Many children with ASD want to obey a schedule, and anxiety may be triggered by changes to this.