All parents know that parenting is not easy, and all know that trying to avoid yelling is something that can be very difficult for parents. Many parents decide that they don’t want to yell, and they do everything that they can to avoid yelling. But sometimes yelling just happens, and many times, when it does happen, children misunderstand the yelling and believe that their parents are truly upset with them and that they don’t love them anymore. This, however, is not the case, and well-known author of childrens books, Mem Fox, takes on this situation in her story, Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Wild!
Harriet is a very precocious child. She tends to get into trouble, sometimes accidentally, sometimes not accidentally. Most of the time, though, she doesn’t mean to cause problems, and she’s very sorry for whatever she’s done to make her mother upset. Her mother is a good sport and a calm mother, and she constantly tells Harriet that she doesn’t know what she’ll do with her in a very calm voice.
Unfortunately for the title character, things get a bit crazy when she intentionally rips open a feather pillow! It is then that Harriet’s mother begins to yell, and yell, and yell! And of course our little hero feels horrible. But her mother loves her, even though she was upset, and makes sure that she knows that even though she yelled, she still loves her very much and that it’s okay sometimes to get mad and to yell.
One thing that Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Wild! does a great job at is teaching children that sometimes parents do get upset, but that it doesn’t mean that they don’t love their children. This tale helps children to see that yelling doesn’t mean that parents hate their children, or that they don’t love them anymore, but that they are just very frustrated and that yelling is a way to get it out. Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Wild! is a tale that should be included in every household that has children who are between the ages of two and six!