Christine McGuinness has revealed that she hasn’t been able to relax on holiday since her kids were born, because the mother-of-three worries about them too much.
The model, 33, and her TV presenter husband Paddy McGuinness, 48, share three autistic children – twins Leo and Penelope, eight, as well as youngest child Felicity, six.
The couple only go away with them for short periods, with Christine having said recently: “We started off with a little holiday in Preston, and then gradually we got to Spain.”
Christine – who shared her own autism diagnosis last year – added: “I want to get to the point where you relax and enjoy it. I don’t think I’ve done that. I’ve been tense.”
Speaking on their Table Talk podcast – in partnership with McCain and Family Fund – the couple advised other parents looking to go on holiday with disabled children to do so “gradually.”
Further sharing advice, Paddy commented: “Over-pack just in case. It’s just worth it for your own peace of mind.”
The couple took part in their own documentary, titled Our Family and Autism, on the BBC a few months ago. It shed light on the condition and received praise by viewers.
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The programme saw Paddy and Christine meet other parents, experts and people on the autism spectrum. They have since launched their own podcast, Table Talk.
Recent episodes have seen them discuss their life with autistic children, including mentioning the difficulty getting their children to eat breakfast, prior to their diagnosis.
Paddy admitted he’d been concerned about being deemed a “bad parent” over this, with him worried what their teachers would think if they found out the kids weren’t having breakfast.
He revealed that the couple have to cut food in a certain way, to encourage the children to eat it, with their kids said to be keen on chicken nuggets, among other foods.
And it was reported that his wife said they still have to be aware of sensory aspects of food and autism, with them separating food for their children, for example.
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