Christine McGuinness has revealed that she is reluctant to get additional help with her three autistic children.
The former Real Housewives Of Cheshire star, 33, spoke on This Morning on Thursday about her concerns about someone else looking after her twins Penelope and Leo, eight, and about their four-year-old sister Felicity.
The star – who is raising three children with husband Paddy, 47 – has said that as she gets older she will need to get extra help, but is not convinced yet.
Decisions: Christine McGuinness revealed she was reluctant to get further help with her three autistic children
She said: “I always wanted to be a mom, my mom was a single mom, they have extra needs, yes.
“I think we’ll get there one day, especially as I’m working harder we’re going to have to get some help, but to be honest I wouldn’t know where to start.
“It scares me that someone else is looking after my kids, so we’re trying to juggle that.”
Family: The former Real Housewives Of Cheshire star, 33, spoke on This Morning on Thursday about her concerns about someone else looking after her twins Penelope and Leo, eight, and their four-year-old sister Felicity.
During the interview, she also recounted how a man in a parking lot recently criticized her for using a disabled space because he saw no obvious reason why his children were “disabled”.
She said, “I try to explain autism whenever I can, but there is a time and a place and a parking lot is not the place to do it.
“I only have one blue badge. Unless you are living with (autism) you don’t get it. That’s all I know. I try to keep an open mind so that some people don’t understand.
Responsibility: The star – who is raising three children with husband Paddy, 47 (pictured together) – has said that as she gets older she will need to get extra help but is not convinced by the idea, no
“The blue badges now include disabilities – but there is a long way to go to get them approved. People say that if you can walk you don’t need to, but these are mental things too.
“Society needs to be kinder to each other – if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”
Earlier this year, Christine shared how she found the lockdown “difficult” at first while also sharing the challenges of parenting children with autism.
Christine admitted that while the experience has been difficult at times, it is so rewarding to watch her children break through and take important milestones.
Honest: she said, “It scares me that someone else is looking after my kids, so we’re trying to juggle that”
She said: “Watching the kids do something new makes us feel like we have won the lottery and want to cartwheels.
“They played in the snow for the first time. They were always afraid of the snow. But this year we got out and they ended up rolling in it.
Christine said she didn’t fuss during these times just in case it stopped her kids, but then watched a video in amazement.
Despite these happy times, Christine spoke candidly about the challenges she faced after becoming a home teacher and therapist while in isolation.
Family: Earlier this year Christine shared how she found the lockdown ‘difficult’ at first while sharing the challenges of parenting children with autism
She said: “The lockdown was really tough at first. It has been an uphill struggle. The children received a lot of support in school, but it all stopped. Suddenly we had to become therapists for them and it wasn’t going very well.
Christine showed the reality of life as a mother of three on Mother’s Day by capturing her children’s messy playroom on her Instagram account.
The Real Housewives Of Cheshire star said she felt ‘blessed to be their mom’ as she expressed the joys of being a parent.
The three children seemed busy with their various toys for the candid photo.
Her two daughters rocked matching gray heart-studded pajamas while her son cut a relaxed silhouette in a slate gray top and charcoal bottom.
Christine captioned the Instagram photo: “Happy to be their mom.
“They showed me so much love and happiness, they gave me giggles and strength, they taught me patience that I didn’t know I had… and showed me that A messy playroom is a happy playroom.
‘Being a mom will always be my greatest achievement, my proudest moment and that’s all and more than I ever wanted ❤️❤️❤️’.
She also revealed the flowers and adorable handwritten cards her kids gave her on her Instagram Story as she wrote, “I love my xxx babies.”
Happy times: Christine admitted that while the experience has been difficult at times, it is so rewarding to see her children break through and take important milestones.