Christine McGuinness has shared her heartache after revealing her children have become ‘more physical’ with her as they struggle to cope with the latest national lockdown.
The Real Housewives of Cheshire star shares three children, who all have been diagnosed with autism, with husband Paddy McGuinness, twins Penelope and Leo, seven, and four-year-old Felicity.
Sharing a glimpse into what life is like for her, as well as many other SEN [special educational needs] families, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson closed non-essential shops, schools, and ordered us to stay at home, Christine posted a WhatsApp she’d sent to another mother yesterday morning.
She had written: ‘I totally understand, all three of mine have got more physical with me and each other recently, it’s awful.
‘I barely recognise them sometimes and I just paint a smile on like everything is fine.
‘Thinking of you lots, stay strong. This time will pass.’
In the caption on her Instagram she said she wanted to show her followers what ‘real life’ was to her, and to insist to other families that they are in this together.
She wrote: ‘This may or may not help anyone but this is ‘real life’ I just want to let my SEN families know you are not alone, I hear you, I understand.
‘For me personally I feel good, I am very head strong and I love to stay positive but I can’t deny what these lockdowns are doing to my children ? my children are not the same little people they were this time last year ?’
The model continued: ‘The pandemic is affecting everyone differently, wether it’s your business, your mental health, a loss of life.. Covid is hitting everyone hard in different ways it’s heartbreaking.
I pray every day ? I hope it passes soon.
‘Thinking of you all, sending love and light to each and every one of you ❤️’
Christine has been open about struggles faced by families in a similar position to her and Paddy, and recently shared an insight into what Christmas with autistic children was like as she showed off the ‘plain’ meals she prepared for her children.
As she and Paddy tucked into a traditional cooked Christmas dinner, Christine shared an image of the fish fingers and chips the kids were enjoying.
She wrote: ‘Swipe for the kiddies Christmas dinner. Because autism doesn’t stop for Christmas day!
‘They like what they like and I want my children to eat so I choose my battles and I don’t want one today!
‘For anyone who may not understand this, food aversion can be quite common for those with autism. This isn’t lazy parenting or fussy children, this is sensory issues due to their condition that limits what our children eat.
‘I am delighted they are very slowly exploring new textures. I’m just happy they eat because there have been times they totally refuse. ‘It may be basic and it’s still all beige but they’re happy and their tummies are full.’
She added: ‘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.’
Credit: Original article published here.