‘I never will’ Amanda Owen, 47, refuses to back down on ‘snowflake generation’ criticism

Amanda Owen discusses handing more control to her children

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Amanda Owen, 47, has responded to criticism over her comments that “the snowflake generation can’t do anything”. The Yorkshire Shepherdess refused to apologise for her stance on the matter, as she said “I’ve never written a parenting manual”.

Amanda and her husband Clive Owen, 67, are parents to nine children. Their eldest, Raven, 20, who is currently at university, Reuben, 18, Miles, 15, Edith, 12, Violet, 10, Sidney, nine, Annas seven, Clemmy, six, and Nancy, four.

Speaking about her parenting to Radio TimesAmanda previously said: “The snowflake generation, they can’t do anything. 

“They don’t know anything about how to look after themselves, or a work ethic, all of that has gone out of the window.

“It’s our fault as parents,” she added.

However, despite some critics disagreeing with her outlook, Amanda insists she never wanted to tell people how to raise their children.

She told The Sunday Times: “I’ve never written a parenting manual and I never will. 

“The only thing I’ve ever championed is doing it your own way.”

The TV star also takes a refreshingly simple approach when it comes to childbirth, she is not into “freaky, shunning-medical-intervention, Tom Cruise, Scientology, don’t-make-a-noise kind of c**p.”

Amanda insists she “absolutely did not” have and birthing plans at all for any of her nine children.

She continued: “They grind my gears. Just breathe deeply and what will be will be.” 

She has only made it to hospital (the closest is now more than 60 miles away from her farm, Ravenseat) twice, having had five of her children “en route” and the other two at home. 

With her fifth child, Violet, she thought it might just be indigestion until she had this “very heavy” feeling and “then Violet was there”. 

Amanda describes herself as being a slightly “non-descript child, who neither caused trouble nor excelled at anything” as she spoke to Country & Town House magazine.

Becoming a sheep farmer was definitely not a career that was in her blood

However, after a number of jobs, she ended up finding love with her now-husband, Clive.

The couple have now resided at Ravenseat, for over 20 years, where they farm in a similar manner to how it has been done for hundreds of years.

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