Amanda Owen discusses her parenting skills with Ben Fogle
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Our Yorkshire Farm’s Amanda Owen is well known for juggling her shepherdess duties with looking after her nine children. However, in an unearthed interview, the Channel 5 star has hit back at people who criticise how she chooses to raise her children. Chatting about her large family Amanda confessed some fans may be “mortified” by the way she celebrates her kids’ birthdays.
During the interview, the shepherdess turned TV star opened up about the challenges of having such a large family.
Amanda remarked: “Things have got so sort of bad at our house that we have an accumulated en masse visit of the tooth fairy.
“We’re just like ‘put it under the pillow every night until the tooth fairy can actually be bothered to come to the house!’” she laughed, while speaking on Sophie Ellis Bextor’s podcast Spinning Plates.
“A very good idea,” podcast host Sophie said. “The tooth fairy is like ‘this means business like okay I should bring my extra big bag.’”
However, Amanda revealed tooth fairy visits aren’t the only events that often get grouped together in the Owen household.
She confessed to also having a few parenting tricks for handling birthdays for her nine children.
Amanda admitted: “When the children are little, because I’ve got various ones that have birthdays in the summer, we would also have birthdays en masse.”
Sophie asked: “Well, I was going to say, are your birthdays sort of spread out throughout the year?”
Amanda replied: “They tend to bunch up through the summer, so you’ll have to make out of that what you like.
“But basically, while they are little and they don’t know what day their birthday is, it makes absolute sense to just cram them all in,” she added.
Sophie agreed: “Yeah I’m all for that kind of thing.”
“Some people will be mortified and be like ‘oh but what about their special day!’” Amanda remarked, hitting out at her critics.
However, Sophie was very supportive of the Yorkshire Shepherdess and insisted having group celebrations isn’t a bad thing.
She said: “I think sometimes in a big family or families in general actually, there’s sort of an ability for you to carve out your own narrative.
“I like the idea of the big ones looking out for the little ones,” the singer added.
Amanda and her husband Clive Owen’s eldest daughter Raven is 20-years-old and has now left their family home to study biomedical science at York university.
However, the couple still have their hands full with the majority of their children at home as their youngest child Nancy is just four years old.
Amanda leads a busy life as along with parenting her nine children, she also works on Ravenseat Farm’s 2,000 acres and even has a flock of 1,000 sheep to contend with.
The full interview with Amanda Owen can be heard on Spinning Plates with Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
Our Yorkshire Farm is available to stream on Channel 5’s catch-up service My5.
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