“Hey, Shorty!” Nothing wrong with being short, but when you’re 12 and your friends tower over you, calling you “shorty,” and rest their elbows on your head, at some point it grates. I remember hanging on to the may pole at School, hoping it would stretch me and magically make me grow Taller. Then somehow, the height Gods listened and I grew a few inches. It definitely made me feel several feet taller! And relieved. What I didn’t know was I had just experienced my final growth Spurt. Fast forward to decades later, my husband and I, who are both 5’3”, wondered whether our son would also follow in our footsteps. To our surprise, he was the tallest in his class at school, and at the age of 12, he was just a bit taller than us. In the meantime, his classmate’s mom worried over her son apparently not growing at all. He was thin and shorter than average. While we know that good nutrition is critical for growing children, worrying about a child’s healthy growth is part of the parenting job description. From the moment the child is born, her growth and nutrition is the number one priority, and […]
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