Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen, 46, says she can’t rule out having a TENTH child despite feeling ‘too old’ because there’s ‘no family planning’ on the farm
- Amanda Owen, 46, stars on Channel 5’s Our Yorkshire Farm with brood of nine
- Shepherdess said she can’t rule out having a tenth child despite feeling ‘too old’
- The mother-of-nine said this is because there’s ‘no family planning’ on the farm
Mother-of-nine and Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen said she hasn’t ruled out having a tenth child.
Amanda, 46, star of Channel 5 show Our Yorkshire Farm, lives on Ravenseat farm in Yorkshire with her husband Clive, 66, and their nine children aged four to 20.
Speaking to the Sun, the shepherdess and busy mother-of-nine revealed she didn’t want more children, but that it could still happen because Clive and her hadn’t done any family planning.
She added she was glad she wasn’t a ‘competitive’ parent and that she didn’t want other people to influence her parenting.
She also admitted she felt guilty she never took her large brood on a vacation abroad.
Glamourous Yorkshire shepherdess and mother-of-nine Amanda Owen, 46, said she wasn’t ruling out having a tenth child even thought she felt she was ‘too old,’ because there was no family planning in her house
Amanda and Clive are parents to Raven, 20, who is at university; Reuben, 17, who has just started his apprenticeship as a mechanic; Miles, 15; Edith, 12; Violet, ten; Sidney, nine; Annas, seven; Clemmie, five; and Nancy, four.
‘I think I’m too old to have a tenth child,’ she said. ‘I don’t know, wait and see. There was never any family planning, so who knows?
‘Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do. People are quick to say to a mum of nine, “You can’t do this, you can’t do that”,’ she said.
She added she wanted to be an example for her children and teach the, they could do whatever they wanted and shouldn’t let other people define them.
Amanda said she regretted that her family could never go on a holiday. She is pictured with husband Clive, 67 and their nine children – Raven, 20, Reuben, 17, Miles, 15, Edith, 12, Violet, ten, Sidney, nine, Annas, seven, Clementine (known as Clemmie or Tilly), five, and four-year-old Nancy
Admitting she never felt a ‘broody feeling,’ Amanda went on to say she looked at parenting as problem-solving and had to marry her farming way of life with taking care of her children, swapping stroller for baby carriers and papooses.
The mother-of-nine, 46, who runs a 2,000-acre tenant farm in Ravenseat, North Yorkshire took umbrage with her school after they criticised her for sending her children to school with ‘brown water’
The couple run the 2,000-acre tenant farm where they manage their flock of around 1,000 sheep and run a B&B while raising their ‘free-range’ children
Amanda, who was recently criticised by her followers for ‘breeding her own workforce’ after revealing all her children worked on the farm, said she saw it as a way to teach them good life lessons.
She said she constantly worried about whether she was doing things right with her parenting, and tried not to compare herself with other.
‘I don’t mean for one minute my kids are skivvies — but I want them to feel like an important part of what we do and that they’re valued,’ she said.
‘You have to give them a certain amount of freedom to teach them anything. I don’t think you can hover over them at all times,’ she added.
Amanda ditched a career in modelling to work as a shepherdess in a remote farm in Yorkshire and since 2015, has been starring in the hit show which follows her family’s life in Upper Swaledale, North Yorkshire. Pictured is Miles, 14, Edith, 12 , and five-year-old Clemmie
Free spirits! The mother-of-nine said she has instilled on that same sense of independence in their children (Owen is pictured with some of her children on the Moors)
She went on to say that the responsibility of their job on the farm was bringing the family together.
One of her parenting regrets is never to have brought her large brood on a holiday.
‘I feel so guilty, we don’t ever go on holiday. We’re on duty all the time, obviously being part of a big family, logistically it would cause problems anyway,’ she said.
She added her family didn’t have a big desire to go on holiday because their life was on the farm, and they had everything they needed there.
She cited the saying ‘if your job is your please your hobby, you’ll never do a day’s work in your life,’ and said that she still had hard days, but that the good days on the farm made up for these.
Even the youngest of the nine kids help out around the farm with chores, including feeding lambs (left, Nancy) and untying hay bales (right Sid)
Our Yorkshire Farm’s Amanda Owen hit the headlines after she blamed parents for today’s ‘snowflake’ generation of youngsters who cannot look after themselves
She admitted that the farm had suffered a financial hit because of the coronavirys pandemic, and said she was opened to advertising opportunities because life and education didn’t come cheap.
Amanda recently had a spat with her children school after teacher told her her children couldn’t drink brown water after she let them fill their bottles from a fresh water pond.
She said she had a good relationship with the school, but that sometimes they had disagreement, and added schooling had changed since she was a pupil herself.
She said that when she was in school, she had her school shoes and plimsolls for PE, but that the list of things to ring had increased since her children had joined school.
Not just for fair weather! Amanda gets out on the farm no matter what the weather and often posts pictures in the rain from wet and windy Yorkshire
She said she needed to splash on indoor shoes, outdoor shoes and even football boots for her brood, and that four shoes per child, when you had her brood, would multiple to an amount she couldn’t afford.
Amanda, who is partnering with Premiere Inn on their Ewe Tube campaign, and encourages her fans to count her sheep to help them sleep, said she doesn’t struggle to sleep herself, due to the long hours she puts in on the farm.
She added that after the coronavirus pandemic, everyone felt ‘frayed’ physically and mentally and so she understood why people needed extra rest.
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