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


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.

In response to her remarks, Maeve Schaffer, a reporter for Yorkshire Evening Post claimed Amanda had failed to “understand her own privilege”.

She typed: “Owen focused predominantly on our generation’s work ethic, however, saying that she raises her children, ‘In preparation for the big world’. 

“While I do not take issue with the way Owen raises her children, I would argue that she clearly does not understand the privilege she has to do so. 

“Many families have to work day in day out to be able to afford to put food on the table, they do not own land to farm animals and grow food, and they also partly rely on the schooling system to prepare their children for the world ahead,” she added.

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”. 



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