Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen slams critics who say her nine children ‘won’t cope in real world’ after an unconventional upbringing on the ‘quaint’ farm – insisting they’ve learned ‘good life lessons’
- Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen, 46, lives with brood and husband Clive
- Hit back at critic who slammed ‘unconventional’ way of bringing up nine kids
- Argued they’re getting ‘good life lessons’ they can translate to any other life
Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen has slammed a troll who commented that her children ‘won’t cope in real world’ after an unconventional upbringing on the ‘quaint’ farm.
The mother-of-nine, 46, lives with her brood and her husband Clive Owen, 66, at 2,000 acre Ravenseat farm in the Yorkshire Dales after moving to the land in 1996 to train as a shepherdess.
Amanda has grown a large fan following thanks to the popularity of Channel 5 show, Our Yorkshire Farm. However, she has now hit back at a troll who criticised her for the ‘unconventional’ way in which she’s chosen to raise her brood.
Speaking on Sophie Ellis Bextor’s podcast, she commented: ‘They [my children] are getting really good life lessons they can translate and take to any other life wherever that should be – whether it’s in the countryside or in the city.
Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen (pictured), 46, has slammed a troll who commented that her children ‘won’t cope in real world’
Going strong: Amanda met her husband in 1996 when he was already divorced with two children, after she arrived at his farm as a 21-year-old trainee shepherdess
‘Because people say [to me], “Oh they are not growing up in the real world, they’ll never be able to cope with real life.”‘
‘But they are actually learning lessons, that will set them up really well to be people who are hands-on and people who’ve got a degree of common sense and can do things.’
Amanda went on to say that one of her nine children even learned how to ride a bike without any help from the parents, noting that this is an indication of their independence.
The Yorkshire shepherdess previously appeared on poet Simon Armitage’s BBC Radio 4 podcast, where she told how she will leave it up to her children to decide if they wish to become shepherds and stay on the family farm.
Full house! The writer, 46, and her husband Clive, 67, share Raven, 20, Reuben, 17, Miles, 15, Edith, 12, Violet, ten, Sidney, nine, Annas, seven, Clementine, five, and four-year-old Nancy
‘I don’t look that far ahead,’ she explained. ‘I say to the children they can be whatever they want to be and go wherever they want to go.
‘Of course they go through stages where they’re more enthusiastic about the countryside, as they get older into their teens, obviously they want to go away.
‘Raven (her eldest child) when she went to York, she was heading to the bright lights, couldn’t wait to get to a place where her phone worked and she could order a takeaway without it being cold and stuck to the paper – it’s all brilliant.
‘But you know within a month or two I’m getting text messages asking how to make Yorkshire pudding tins out of bean cans and can you prove a loaf of bread on a radiator when you haven’t got on open fire.
‘So it’s instilled into you the kind of life you lead in the countryside.’
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