The 47-year-old Channel 5 star Our Yorkshire Farm has nine children, aged 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 children and thinks taking a break on the farm would give them more chances to lead full lives.
Mariella asked Amanda if any of her children would agree to become a farmer and follow in his footsteps.
Amanda replied, “I think they should all run, I think they should run and then, kind of like a boomerang, they will all come back.
“I think that’s part of life and at no point did I say, ‘This is the end and the end.’ “
She continued, “What they take away from the farm are good life lessons and they learn empathy, kindness, hard work and common sense and it’s a perfect starting point for life. everyday wherever you choose to be. “
Amanda has already seen her eldest, Raven, 20, heading to college while Ruben, 17, is looking to start his own outsourcing business and has already bought himself a digger.
The TV star continued, “I think they should all go and go and see the big world and then a lot of them I think will come back.
“For me, if I had to teach them a lesson in life, I would tell them not to put all their eggs in one basket.
“Having your finger in a lot of pies is a good thing because times change and people’s thoughts [are changing].
“I would never say, ‘You shouldn’t farm,’ because people will always need food on a plate, but you also have to be adaptable. “
Amanda added, “I think it would be in their best interests to go out and live another life as well. “
The Shepherdess then praised the campaign and how its value to the well-being of the nation has exploded since the start of the pandemic, as people seek some nature and tranquility after spending endless hours in homes.
Rural life is not a picnic, however, and Amanda said extreme elements and weather conditions like that brought on by Storm Arwen can lead to hard times for a farmer.
Amanda said, “We’ve had storms and I’ve been wading through my waist-high snow for the last few days.
“Sometimes you feel like it’s you versus the world.
“Yes, four days without electricity is not ideal, but it gives you a new sense of appreciation for the humble bulb. “
* Amanda’s full interview can be heard on the Times Radio website.
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