Amanda Owen has said that she believes that living at Ravenseat Farm has given her children the best start in life but believes for them to flourish, they need to move away
Amanda Owen has said that it would be in the “best interests” of her children to move away from Ravenseat Farm when the time is right.
The 47-year-old star of Channel 5 series Our Yorkshire Farm has nine children, aged from five to 20, with husband Clive, 67, and she has detailed what she would like to see for the future of her offspring.
The Yorkshire Shepherdess spoke to Times Radio host Mariella Frostrup about where she sees her kids and believes making a break from the farm would give them more chances for a fulfilled life.
Mariella asked Amanda whether any of her children would take on being a farmer and follow in her footsteps.
Amanda replied: “I think they all should run, I think they should run and then, a bit like a boomerang, they will all come back.
“I think that is part of life and at no point have I ever said, ‘This is the be-all and end-all.'”
She continued: “What they take away from the farm are proper life lessons and they learn empathy, kindness, hard work and common sense and that is a perfect starting point to everyday life wherever you should choose that to be.”
Amanda has already seen her eldest child Raven, 20, heading to is university while Ruben, 17, is looking to set up his own contracting business and has already bought himself a digger.
The TV star continued: “I think they should all head out and go and see the wider world and then, quite a few of them I think, will come back.
“For me, if I were going to give them any lesson in life, I would tell them not to put all of their eggs in one basket.
“To have your finger in a lot of pies is a good thing because times are changing and people’s thoughts [are changing].
“I would never say, ‘You shouldn’t farm’, as people will always need food on a plate but you also need to be adaptable.”
Amanda added: “I believe it would be in their best interests to get out there and experience another life too.”
The shepherdess went on to hail the countryside and how its value to the wellbeing of the nation has rocketed since the beginning of the pandemic, as people look for some nature and tranquility after spending endless hours in the homes.
Rural life is not a picnic though and Amanda said the elements and extreme weather like that brought in by Storm Arwen can lead to difficult moments when a farmer.
Amanda said: “We’ve had storms and I’ve been wading through the snow which was up to my waist over the last few days.
“You do sometimes feel like it’s you against the world.
“Yes four days without power isn’t ideal but it gives you a new sense of appreciation of the humble lightbulb.”
*The full interview with Amanda can be heard on Times Radio’s website.
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