Christine McGuinness defended her Christmas Day meal, as she served her autistic children fish fingers and chips.
The model and husband Paddy McGuinness share twins Penelope and Leo, and daughter Felicity, who have all been diagnosed with autism.
Taking to Instagram, she gave fans a glimpse into the festivities in the McGuinness household, showing herself and the Top Gear host tucking into their dinner with all the trimmings.
The 32-year-old also shared a look at what their little ones were eating – plates of fries and fish fingers.
Speaking about the meals, Christine began: ‘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.’
‘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,’ she added, with the hashtags: ‘#QuietChristmas #AutismAwareness #Sensory #BeigeFood #Acceptance #MerryChristmas.’
Christine was praised by fans for being so honest, with many parents stating they were facing the same on Christmas Day.
‘So nice to read this I needed to see this today sick of being called lazy or being told “leave it front of them if they r hungry they will eat” [sic],’ one commented.
‘My son ate like this way into secondary school,’ another agreed. ‘The same meals every day, its only now he’s started to branch out, and at 17 I’m thrilled he tries new things.’
‘Aghhhh lol yep exactly the same here mate lol [sic],’ a follower replied.
Paddy and Christine have been raising awareness for autism, in a bid to help others understand the extra needs needed to help the kids.
During an appearance on the Nappy Days podcast, the mum-of-three explained she initially blamed herself over her children’s struggles, as she had no idea what was really happening.
‘I didn’t know they had autism at first because I didn’t know anything about autism,’ she said.
‘They didn’t speak – they were non-verbal. They’d walk on their tiptoes, they were sensitive to sound and light. So if there was a sudden noise, they would jump out their skin.
‘I thought they were just softies. I would think maybe it’s because they are twins, two of them, or that I would not be giving them enough attention. So I blamed myself.’
Credit: Original article published here.