Christine McGuinness says chips for autistic kids on Christmas isn’t ‘lazy’

Christine McGuinness dotes on her three kids and ensures they're happy and healthy.

She has also revealed that to make sure they ate on Christmas Day she had to dish up fish fingers and chips over the usual Turkey roast and trimmings.

Her and her husband, Paddy McGuinness, 47, enjoyed a traditional roast for the big day, writes The Mirror.

The RHOC star, 32, has always been open about the struggles she faces with her children, twins Penelope and Leo, seven, and four-year-old Felicity, who all have autism.

On Christmas Day she served them all a "beige meal" due to their food aversions.

She wrote on her Instagram: "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."

Explaining her decision to feed them oven food, she explained: "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.

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"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."

Earlier this year, Christne said she thought it was her fault her kids were autistic because they spent all their time with her when their dad was working away from home a lot.

Speaking on MTV podcast  Nappy Days, Christine said: "They were with me permanently. My husband works away a lot so I thought maybe it was me and that I hadn't taught them very well.

"They also never went to nursery or play groups so I blamed myself for them having no social skills.

"I thought that it was down to me doing a rubbish job as a mother."

According to the NHS, it's not known what causes autism. The cause could be down to genetics but is not believed to be connected to parenting styles.

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