She is an adored mother of three young children, all of whom are autistic.
And, Christine McGuinness, 32, went on Instagram Sunday to complain that she could not get “safe” food from McDonald’s for her children during the COVID-19 lockdown when she revealed that two of them “Barely eat!”
The star of Real Housewives of Cheshire posted a photo of a fast food chain food transport, with a long caption detailing how difficult it is for his little ones to find the changes being made to them amid the global pandemic.
Tough times: Christine McGuinness, 32, went on Instagram Sunday to complain that she couldn’t get “safe” food from McDonald’s for her children during the COVID-19 lockout
Christine admitted that she never thought she would expect fast food for her children by writing, “The only meal my three children would eat #McDonalds we miss you!
“I never thought I would want fast food for my kids, but since I expected the changes to affect them and two of my kids barely eat, it’s been like this for more than 3 weeks now.
She explained how autistic children fight change, saying, “They are not” picky eaters, “it is like fighting change, a massive change in their little life.
“I know we are not alone, I have had so many messages on McDs! #Autism awareness.
Missing McDonald’s: The Real Housewives of Cheshire star posted a photo of a caterer for the fast food chain when she revealed that two of her children were “barely eating!”
Autism awareness: a long legend explaining how hard it is for her grandchildren to find change in the midst of the global pandemic
“If you know, you know … McDs is a” safe “food, it always looks the same, it tastes the same, the texture and the smell are always the same … and it’s beige and dry!
‘Send love if you are in the same situation right now! #Autism #RestrictedDiet #McDonalds #BeigeFood #SensoryFood #DryFood. ‘
Asked whether her children’s sleeping habits have been affected by a subscriber, Christine replied: “Yes !!! We barely sleep, all three are up and down all night.
Three years ago, Christine and Paddy’s twins, Penelope and Leo, 6, were diagnosed with autism, and the couple revealed in February that their daughter Felicity, 4, also had the same diagnosis.
Autistic children: Christine and Paddy’s twins, Penelope and Leo, 6, were diagnosed with autism three years ago and their daughter Felicity, 4, recently received the same diagnosis
Private sleep: Christine revealed that she and her husband Paddy “barely fall asleep”
Christine revealed last month that her three children, all of whom have been diagnosed with autism, have struggled to stay at home in isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a frank interview with This Morning via video link, Christine explained that she and her husband Paddy find it difficult to keep their children comfortable while staying at home.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF AUTISM
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people with autism have problems with social, emotional and communication skills that typically develop before the age of three and last a lifetime.
Specific signs of autism include:
- Reactions to smell, taste, appearance, sensation or sound are unusual
- Difficulty adjusting to changes in routine
- Unable to repeat or repeat what they are told
- Difficulty expressing desires using words or movements
- Unable to discuss own feelings or those of others
- Difficulty with acts of affection like hugs
- Prefer to be alone and avoid eye contact
- Difficulty relating to other people
- Cannot point to objects or look at objects when others are pointing them
She explained that her daughter Penelope is particularly struggling with the change from being trapped inside, as she also suffers from anxiety.
Confessed Christine. “Online, we try to stay positive and fun, but at home we have a hard time. “
She said, “We never spend so much time together, but we are fine, we have our moments, but we are doing well.
“We have spent years trying to persuade children to go out and go to new places and now we are asking them to stay inside. We are struggling. ‘
Adding that Penelope in particular is struggling, Christine said, “My daughter, Penelope, is really struggling with anxiety and autism.
Last April, the mother of three discussed the difficulties encountered during the first four years of parenthood.
Christine told Good Morning Britain: “When they were first diagnosed, we went to examine him, it’s a lifetime disease, there is nothing that can fix it.
“I thought, will I be a full-time caregiver forever?” But it has improved with therapy, speech therapy and play therapy. “
The star also said that while things have gotten easier in the past year, the first four years of parenting are extremely difficult.
She said, “It was different from other parents, certainly the first four years – I feel bad saying that – but I felt more like a babysitter than a mom. It was only last year that things got easier.
In good company: she was locked up at home with her husband Paddy and their children Leo and Penelope, 6, and Felicity, 4 (photo)