Christine McGuinness will look back at lockdown and appreciate its parenting positives.
Her twins Penelope and Leo, who are seven, and their four-year-old sister Felicity are autistic so their milestones are hard fought, long awaited and mightily celebrated.
Covid restrictions meant she and her 47 year old TV star husband Paddy became their children’s therapists, teachers and only playmates.
It has been tough, but now she cherishes the beautiful breakthrough moments.
Christine says: “Seeing the children do anything new makes us feel like we’ve won the lottery and want to do cartwheels.
“They played in snow for the first time. They were always scared of the snow. But this year we got out there and eventually they were rolling around in it.
“I tried not to make too much of a fuss because I knew if I did they might stop. I watched the video back and thought, ‘wow this is amazing’.”
Loose Woman and Real Housewives of Cheshire star Christine, 33, never pretends parenting is a breeze. Cut off from school and thrown out of routine, Penelope, Leo and Felicity regressed.