My husband is 6'3". If you were to ask him, he'd lie and say he's 6'4" because at one time (in his 20's) he really was that tall and he's having trouble accepting that as we age, we tend to shrink. Mother nature is a cruel, cruel mistress!
I am 5'5". Not exactly amazonian but well beyond the 5'3" national average height for women. What this means of course, is that we have some very tall children.
My youngest daughter, who is five years old and in Kindergarten, is as tall as many of her first and second grade counter parts! I probably have a year tops before my ten year old is looking down at me and my son? Forget about it! He's been above the 95th percentile since he popped out of me with his giant head. According to his doctor, he is on part to be taller than my husband! By the time he's 18 he will most likely be using my head as an arm rest.
I love their height but it does come with it's disadvantages. Because they look older than what they are, people often have high expectations for them. When we got to the playground and my 10 year old wants to play on the playscape with her stuffed animals, mothers will tell me that I "shouldn't let my teenager on the equipment. And I think she took someone's stuffed animal." We also get looks of suspicion when we buy her a child ticket at the movies. Likewise, if we are out in public and our 5 year old is over-tired and getting fussy we get looks that say, "your kid is way too old to be behaving like that!
It doesn't really matter to me what people think but I do worry that the expectations placed on them are unfairly high. It's hard enough to be a kids these days without adding on extra presumptions. It also worries me that as my girls get older, they will draw unwelcome attention from boys that are much older.
The best thing I can do in this situation is to boost their self confidence. There are many pros to being tall. As Julia Child said, "Being tall is an advantage, especially in business. People will always
remember you. And if you're in a crowd, you'll always have some clean
air to breathe." Here are a few more:
1. Advantages playing sports
2. Always having the best view in a crowd.
3. Statistically, taller people have higher IQs.
4. (For when they are older) Girls tend to like taller guys and guys tend to like girls with long legs.
5. They will never have to ask anyone to reach something for them.
It's all about teaching our kids to be comfortable in their own skin regardless of their height. There are advantages and disadvantages on either side. The most important thing is to appreciate what you have and make the best out of it.
Do you have tall children? Do you feel that they have higher expectations placed on them because of it?