Our Yorkshire Farm’s Amanda Owen says ‘snowflake’ comments were taken ‘out of context’

Amanda Owen moves cows to a summer grazing pasture

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Our Yorkshire Farm star Amanda Owen made headlines earlier this year when she referred to a “snowflake generation”. However, the shepherdess has now claimed her comments were taken “out of context” in an exclusive chat with Express.co.uk.

Amanda spoke out earlier this year about how she is raising her children to be very independent.

She had 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.”

Amanda then added to the Radio Times: “If you put your child on a pedestal with no sense of independence, and think you have got to entertain them the whole time, what can you expect? I rebuff swaddling children.”

The Our Yorkshire Farm star found herself in the crossfire after her comments, with some agreeing with her while others wrote opinion pieces denouncing what she had said.

In a new interview with Express.co.uk, Amanda claimed her words were taken “out of context” and not at all what she meant.

She said: “Well, actually those comments were rather taken out of context.

“It was absolutely out of context because there is nobody who is more on the side of parents and family life than me.

“And I have never ever set myself on any kind of pedestal as a parenting guru.

“In fact, I’ve almost wanted to get people to embrace the idea of actually doing your own thing, and making your life fit.”

She went on to add how much she empathises with the fact every parent is going through their own circumstances.

She continued: “In other words, everybody out there is trying their best in whatever circumstances they find themselves.

“And that’s kind of what I wanted to show people, and say to people that I’m lucky where I live, and I’m really fortunate to have these surroundings – and that is what it’s about.

“There is definitely no finger pointing or lessons coming from me because I fully understand the troubles.”

Amanda has nine children with her husband Clive Owen, who all feature on her Channel 5 show.

She has also always been open about her own parenting style and wanting to raise independent children.

Opening up about this, she added: “I’m always multitasking, I’m always doing about 5000 things at once.

“And it’s important that you can be yourself, and that’s what I want the kids to take away that nobody should say what is unachievable and what you can’t do.

“And the only way you can show them is by bloody well doing it, you know?”

Amanda was speaking as part of a campaign with Premier Inn to help people get a good night’s sleep.

The shepherdess has teamed up with the hotel brand to film a series of videos for a platform called Ewe Tube.

These include some film spoofs with her sheep, as well as some beautiful images of her farm on tape.

Speaking about the campaign, she added: “It’s all to do with resting easy and getting a good night’s sleep because, of course, what do people always say when you need to go to sleep, what should you do? Count sheep.

“Now I have to say it doesn’t work for me because counting sheep, I’m a shepherd.

“So usually that brings all the problems, ‘I’m missing a sheep!’ But, generally, people apparently do still count sheep.”

Amanda Owen has teamed up with Premier Inn to help the nation rest easy, by creating the brand’s first ever video streaming platform, Ewe Tube, dedicated to encouraging sleep by digitally counting sheep. To check out Ewe Tube please see here.

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