Tall 8 year old daughter

Amy - posted on 06/08/2012 ( 70 moms have responded )

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My 8 year old daughter is very tall. She is nearly 5ft. She isn't fat and is proportion.
Anyone else with a tall child?

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Kristin - posted on 12/12/2012

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My 8 year old daughter who will be 9 in February is 5'4"! I am 6'1 and my husband is 6'3. She is being treated with a hormonal implant for precocious puberty (put in last march) and the expected side effect was a slow down in growth but it doesn't seem to be happening. She is also beginning to gain quite a bit of weight and is always hungry. I'm just wondering if it's from the implant or from keeping her in a perpetual "pre-growth spurt" state where kids are often a little chunky then thin out after their growth spurt. Considering having the implant removed and dealing with all the other things that would go along with that so we can stop the weight gain. The Dr. estimated her final height to be 6'1" which is fine as she is extremely athletic-hockey and lacrosse. Tough decisions!!

Lynda - posted on 08/13/2012

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My daughter is 6 years, 50 inchs and 65 lbs. As other moms have posted I am concerned that others not knowing her age treat her older than she is. We have faced this with our son as well, (11 years, 5'6 and 150lbs ) he has always been taller and sturdier than his classmates. As a result more is expected of him emotionally, and academically. We encourage them to stand up straight, shoulders back.....but it's hard when you're the giant. It helps that they have tall cousins, and other family members. It's then, I notice they stand straighter.

As Rochelle mentioned in her post, I also am taking my daughter to see a Doctor. I am posting this here, incase some else like me, has a taller girl PLUS other concerns.

(Not something I am comfortable talking about, but my thinking is- If I am uncomfortable, I bet someone else out there is too...and my mentioning it may help.)

On top of being taller than her class by inches, my SIX year old is showing early signs of puberty- light acne, body odor, then hair.... We won't know until next week, after we see her pediatrican, and I imagine a few blood tests- what is going on. But based on what I have found online, it is definately worth looking into. I wasn't really worried in the beginning, but the hair growth... was a red flag! So if your daughter is younger and going through a few changes, it won't hurt to research alittle online, and talk to her doctor.

JJ - posted on 06/13/2012

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My daughter is over four foot tall and lanky! At 5 years old, to me, that's pretty impressive. But with her father and I both standing at 6'3" she really didn't have much of a chance.

Side note: If you don't already do so, please make sure you tell your daughter everyday that tall is beautiful! Growing up as the tallest girl, more often tallest kid, I was ridiculed beyond belief. Though it didn't completely ruin my life, it did lower my self confidence quite a bit. It wasn't until I met my husband that I really began appreciating being tall. He encouraged me to wear heels, walk tall, and show off my gorgeous gams! I am telling you this because I see a difference in the way my daughter looks at her height vs the way I did and I feel very strongly that it is because I constantly reinforce her that being tall is awesome, amazing, and incredible!

Anita - posted on 07/17/2013

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That's about as tall as me, I'd take her to the doctors just to make sure everything is ok (it most probably) is but shell probably slow down maybe she is just having an early growth spurt I wouldn't worry to much about it.

Teresa - posted on 09/08/2012

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My 6-almost-7-year-old is 4'5.5" tall. The issue can be that others expect more of her, thinking she's older. Conversely, they can start to feel she's developmentally delayed because she doesn't seem emotionally developed to match her height. We have to remind others (and ourselves) that she's still only 6.

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Khamila - posted 1 day ago

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH thank goodness, my five year old is four three, my eight year old is, five two, and my sixteen year old is five eleven, \
I am six two my hubby is six eight, we a tall family

Renee - posted 1 day ago

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Hey Sarah. You have not idea what you are saying. My daughter just turned 12 in February, is 5' 9" tall and has been wearing a size 11 shoe since last September when she was 11. She loves being tall and hopes to reach 6ft. I agree that we need to keep our tall kids feeling confident about being tall.

Jessica - posted on 03/17/2014

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My son just turned 11 last month and is 6 foot 1" 190 lbs solid 13 in men's shoes. He is expected to be seven foot or more like his grandfather. He loves the attention he gets for it. I've been shopping in the adult section for him when he was just in first grade. Teach your child to embrace the gift of height they have been given

Patti - posted on 03/11/2014

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My 8 year old is 4 Ft 10 in. She wears a size 9 women's shoe. Her dad and I are both tall though. :)

Sarah - posted on 01/04/2014

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Anita, I'm short too.....32 yrs old and 5'4" tall. Its funny when a boy or girl will run up to me and say..."hey I'm almost as tall as you.......or hey I'm taller than you"! LOL.......makes me feel so small!!!! I'm seeing posts on here how stressful it is for a kid to be tall, but the kids I encounter seem to be so proud of it. So is it really that stressful? Or is it that they see me as an adult, and they are just eager to make me feel smaller than I am? LOL....

Sarah - posted on 01/04/2014

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Tell her to hold her head high. Being tall is nothing to be ashamed of. If she starts getting bullied by shorties, then tell her to use her height to her advatage, go up to the bully, look down at them and tell them to say it again, and I bet the short bully will have second thoughts. I am not tall myself.....matter of fact, I find myself alot shorter than people's kids that are posting here. Kids do seem to get tall quick these days.

Sarah - posted on 01/04/2014

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Now wait a second......I am 32 yrs old,and barely 5'4" tall. How is it, I can wear a girls size 12-16, but your daughter who is still 2 inches shorter than me can't wear this size???

Sarah - posted on 01/04/2014

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First of all, for those of you posting that your 11 year olds are 6'3" tall and 6'5" tall, nobody is buying it. Get real. I can understand an 11 yr old being something like 5'9" or 5'10" tall, as I have seen that. Also nobody is buying that any kid wears a size 11 in a womans shoe. Why are you people exaggerating? If your kid is tall,or short, they should be proud either way......but please.........stay real about all this........LOL!

Jd - posted on 12/07/2013

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My daughter was 5 ft tall by her 8th birthday - she's now 5'2" and won't be 9 for 2 1/2 more months. She weighs 124 lbs, and is a size 11 womans shoe.

She is taller than all the third AND fourth graders, and most fifth graders (boys and girls). She plays basketball and gets a lot of positive feedback for her height, so far no real issues with self esteem.

Her bone age x=ray shows a chronological age of 12: her blood tests came back within the "normal" range, we have been waiting 4 months for our first appt. with the endrochronologist. I am nervous.

Biggest issue is finding appropriate clothes - she can't wear girls 14-16, often needs to wear a women's size Medium - but womens clothes often aren't appropriate, or she doesn't like them.

She doesn't seem self conscious about her height - being a strong athlete has helped tremendously. She is embarrassed by the size of her feet, and tries to hide them - even wearing shoes that are too small so they don't look so big. :-(

i never realized this online community existed - I'm a fan, thank you!

Sharmay - posted on 11/06/2013

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I knew my daughter would be tall and I started drilling it into her at a young age that she's so lucky to be tall. There's not a woman in the world who doesn't want to be tall and thin with long legs. She's so proud to be 5'5" at 10 years old. She loves being tall and wants to be 7 feet tall. And it's a good thing because she just might get there!

Sharmay - posted on 11/06/2013

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My daughter is 10 and just measured 5'5"
I'm also 5'5". I always said she'd be taller than me by the time shes 12. I never thought she'd be taller than me at age 10. Her dad is 6'6" and his mom is 6'1". If she grows as much in the next 10 months as she has the last 10 months, she'll be 5'9" at age 11...

Julia - posted on 09/13/2013

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Hello, Yes I do. She is 7 years old and looks like a 5th grader. She is in 2nd grade and is just shy of 5ft. EVERYONE comments on how tall she is!!!! Like we haven't noticed. I tell her to smile real big and say " Thank you!" She cried herself to sleep last night and said its not fair, she feels like a freak. It doesnt help that we live in a predominately Italian catholic community, A lot of short people. It breaks my heart. I just wonder how it will be in the 5th grade. She has this one best friend. But tonight at a school function her mother told her to play with someone else and not my daughter, Thinking that her daughter could do better in the friend dept kind of thing. When she talks about kids it is always in terms of ...yes she is nice to me sometimes, or they all go together type thing. She is really sweet. Long blond hair to her waist, thin but different, and man does that make you stand out, I just dont want her to be bullied or isolated because she is sooooo tall, Any thought out there?

Teresa - posted on 09/08/2013

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My oldest daughter has always been in the 97% for her height and weight since she was 6 months old.. She will be 9 Sept. 29th, she is 5 foot tall and 103 lbs her dr doesn't seem overly concerned about her height and weight but then he don't seemed concerned with a lot of things till I actually bring them up to him.. My daught has ADHD and has a sensory disorder also so she's uneasy about her height and weight because the other kids in school always call her the giant or the beanpole. I'm 5'11 and have been since 5th grade and her dad is 5'8.. Any ideas to help her feel happier in her own skin? and do you think I should talk to her dr about it?

Laura - posted on 07/17/2013

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Yes and I am not quite 5'2" having a hard time finding clothes that fit her age and body

Joana - posted on 02/02/2013

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Hi, My daughter is 10 years old and she is 5ft 4inches she really don't like her height. Her teachers and her classmates told her that she is so lucky to have that height but still she really don't like her height. She is having a hard time. I told her many peoples wants to be tall and that she is very lucky. I told her Taylor Swift the famous singer is tall too and i told her many peoples are tall !! She is so happy to hear it and now she is not slouching all the time and now she is confident. My son and daughter are both tall . Ms. Amy your child is lucky because she is tall !!

Sarah - posted on 12/19/2012

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My son is 13 and is 6'2 and he is very tall and enjoys basketball. I think that people really like him for being tall and I always wonder how tall he will be by the time he stops growing. I mean he's taller than me and I'm 5'10 and his father is 6'4.

Laurie - posted on 12/19/2012

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My 10 1/2 year old daughter is 5'4" and 177 lbs. She has always been high on the charts.Her dad and aren't tall people.She is the third child and the tallest. I keep asking her drs. All the dr says is she has grown 3 inches since june. Just can't figure out why she so tall.

B - posted on 11/25/2012

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My 12 year old daughter is only 4'5 and she is the shortest one in middle school! It seems like it's better being tall because she gets made fun of at school. She probably won't grow a lot taller taller anymore. I myself am 5'0 only!

Jana Van - posted on 11/10/2012

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Hi my son is 11 years old and he is 6'3" it is ver hard for him, he always feels uncomfortable, my heart breaks for him. We have been through many tests and MRI to make sure he doesn't,t have gigantism, and he is fine , yes it is so hard people can be so rude and make comments all the time, hang in there there is more of us around

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Yes my niece was always tall for her age. When she was 10 years old she was taller than me I am 5 ft 3 inches. At the time we did not worry because her father was 6 ft 5 and her mother was 5 ft 10 inches. She is now beautiful and is 6 ft tall and she will tell you she is 5 ft and 11.9 inches tall. She has no physical problems at all. As long as you go to the doctor and have your child examined do not put any thought in the matter. Kids grow at different times in their lives some are fast where others are slow. She was always the tallest in her group and is probably still the tallest today.

Jen - posted on 10/30/2012

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Donna,



I have to honestly wonder if you are a troll considering the number and content of your recent posts. But just in case you aren't - I seriously doubt your daughter has gigantism. It's true that at 4'10" and 8 years old, she's well over the 95th percentile. However, that's not what's most important. Is her weight appropriate for her height? Is she "following her own curve"? This is the term my pediatrician always used, and it just means that her growth curve is normal, even though she's unusually tall. Your doctor will be able to tell you whether this is the case. She may just be very tall, or she may be hitting puberty early and she'll be done younger than a lot of the other girls. But I wouldn't make her feel freakish or like she's insanely tall. Just tell her that everyone is different, and that eventually some of the kids will catch up with her.

Donna - posted on 10/29/2012

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Between seven and eight my daughter has grown from 55inches to 58inches. Which is 4ft 7in to 4ft 10in. Her height rate has been steady like that. I haven't see a growth spurt. I am worried we are about to the age of the normal growth spurt. If this does happen as a spurt. Well I will have one of the tallest kids around. If I don't get it stopped then I will get her into the book of records maybe. Or something and have fun with it. My daughter does wear my shoes now but she is about to pass my shoe size up.

Donna - posted on 10/29/2012

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Amy yes, I have just found this site and was hopin to find others who are at the point I am with my daughter. She turned 8 at the end of August. So she is 8 and two months. She is 4ft 10in. And she has steadily grown about a quarter inch a month for years now. This seems to be a steady rate for her. I had her hand bone xrayed to find her bone age shows her older than her numerical age. I am about to set up another appt. To learn more if I can. She has had two cysts removed from her face by her ear and the second was on her shoulder. I know there is one in her neck. I am worried that she has one on her pituitary gland making her growth hormone high which is my concern. She is growing faster than any other child I have had. So just wondering why or what your concerns are or would you want to chat and have you done any of this at this point?

Donna - posted on 10/29/2012

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This is Donna What did they say on her bone growth and how do you know what age to expect puberty. Not sure how that is determined? I did have her hand x-rayed a couple years ago so I do know her bone age is older than her numerical age.

Donna - posted on 10/29/2012

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I know about the mistaken age thing. Although at six flags we can always get a prize on the age guess thing for her. LOL The sad thing at six flags is when my daughter finally got the nerve to try a ride faster than the carosel and a small ride in the kids little park area. My daughter was too tall to ride the kiddy rides at the same time she got the nerve to ride kid rides that went above the ground. Yet to scared to ride all the big kid rides in the park. She won't even consider a roller coaster not even the little one in the kids park or the minny mine train. But she has been tall enough to ride them since she was three. At the age of six she was too tall for the kiddy park rides just about the time she got the nerve to try one or two. So she just watches the shows with me and we ride the train and boats and the old cars. She is only upset that she can't ride the kiddy little rides she wants too. That is the heart break. This was hard for me to take at first but I have adapted to this reality. This is just a disability that there are no rules to help her out. Height is the thing that allows and disallows her to do things. Yet, I think age should be a part of it. Because at 8 or even when she was six. I think six flags could have let her ride those kiddy rides she wanted to. Maybe I should have talked to a manager about it. But I think if I had done that I would have embarrassed her more than when they told her no and it hurt her feelings then.

Donna - posted on 10/29/2012

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My first fear I was hit with was because my daughter was bigger than others in her grade in kindergarten and even in first I was fearfull that she innocently might just clumsily bump into another student or fall herself on one and really hurt them. She is just that much bigger than the others. Because she and the others are so young, I didn't worry to much about the teasing. She appears mature so others don't seem to tease her. She is confident in herself this is really just me wanting to know the processes or the dealings with any one who has dealt with cysts causing the growth hormone to be at a high rate and if they were sucessful as slowing it by any means other than surgery. Etc... She will be fine she is my fifth child so she has lots of older sisters and support here for everything. Just wondering about the medical choices if known.

Donna - posted on 10/29/2012

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I do understand about size no matter what is beautiful. I would have loved to have been either taller or shorter and am very happy myself. Happiness is not my concern. I was hoping to talk with someone who was having experiences of going through the diagnosis of gigantism or went down that road to find it was something else. Genes, can make everyone go in any direction. I have genes for tall and some in the family are tall and wide. But this child is just growing at a quarter inch a month at a steady rate. I have no idea what a growth spurt will look like with her. But if she has one then she will be tall to her health detriment. I don't mind her being tall but if there is something I can do if her heart and other internal parts are larger than normal then I want to help her. Most diagnosis of gigantism with pituitary cysts die before they are my age. I want to do all I can to prevent this as our outcome.

T - posted on 10/27/2012

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We have 3 children, all have been off the scale in height.



Since 2nd grade my daughter has always been taller than her teachers and everyone else in her class. Now a 13y/o she is 5ft 11in tall, and continues to be the tallest.



Her father and I both have height. Her father is 6ft 5in., I am 5ft 9in (and the shortest in my family)

Rochelle - posted on 10/22/2012

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@ Stef Heathcote all I can recommend is that you pump your baby with lots of love and self esteem . I am so proud of my Lexi, she came home from school last week and told me some 5th grader was pointing to her at lunchtime saying " Wow! she looks like she belongs in the 5th or 6th grade" . Lexi stated she said " No! I'm only 8yrs old and I'm in the 3rd grade where 8yr olds belong" and she walked away to play, lol. I constantly let her know that her height makes her very special and alot of people stare because they wish for her height and model like walk ( although she is quite clumsy,lol). This will pass in time as they grow comfortable in their bodies and we as parents encourage them through the process.

Stef - posted on 10/19/2012

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My daughter is also developing physically faster and she is much taller for her age. I worry a lot. All her friends are either older with 5-7months or seems to more mature than her and now the difference is obvious. She is still naive and sweet but raises well above them and suffers a lot as they often ask her to be the man in their plays as she is so tall.

I don't know how to explain to her that tall is beautiful and she will be just fine. But I fear she will be bullied and already said she wishes she hasn't been born so tall..what do I so..

Veronica - posted on 08/31/2012

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Just because your child is taller than the other kids in their class doesn't mean that there is anything in the foods they eat or their environment. There have always been kids taller than others and always will be. My daughter was always taller than most of the kids in her classes, but she wasn't the tallest. Don't worry about their height, there is nothing wrong!! It's genetics that make them taller (or shorter.) Just because you're average height doesn't mean your kids will be. Somewhere in your families (and spouses,) there are short people and tall people. Let them be kids and they do grow fast, some faster than others. Some even develop WAY faster than others, I developed when I was 8 and have my first period when I was 9, nothing my mom could do about it. Just happens. Oh and my 3 year old son was a preemie and is a little smaller than most of the kids in his age group, but he's proportionate and there is nothing wrong with him. My daughter is now 14 in 9th grade and still a little latter than most of the other kids, but that's because of her genes. She will be tall, nothing wrong with that!

Joyce - posted on 08/27/2012

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hi,

It must have been a really shock to you but I use to work in an elementary school and many ofthe10 and11yr olds were starting to develop. We thought it might be from the hormones in the meat that could be causing this. Something in the food. Your daughter is still a little girl and

I know how much you care for her.

Good Luck,

Joyce

Jakki - posted on 08/27/2012

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What amazes me is the growth rate of my 11.5 year old daughter. She has been growing like crazy for the past 2 years and there's no end in sight! The other day she calculated that she'd grown 2 cm in 6 weeks! Gah!



And a couple of years ago, when she was still 9, we went travelling for 3 months, when we came back I thought her friends had all shrunk. She'd easily grown 10 cm (which is 4 inches in the old measurements) in 12 weeks.



She's very happy about it though - everybody always comments on it and she feels very proud.

Joyce - posted on 08/26/2012

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Yes,my grandson is 7 and is at least a head taller than his classmates. He isn't fat either and

thinking maybe we should take him back to the endroconologist that our Dr. recommended.

We took him to the specialist when he was three and never went back.Wanted to do blood work

in six months but never went back. Hope the other kids grew over the summer. Doesn't seem

to bother my grandson. Has a lot of friends in school

Rochelle - posted on 08/13/2012

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Update on Alexah's growth : She had her annual appointment last week and at 8years old she is 92 lbs and is 5'3 1/2. She has grown 1 1/2 inches since her last annual appt. Her pediatrican made the referral for the Pediatric Endocrinologist on the spot because he stated that she is @ 100% on the growth curve and he has never had this happen in his career. He stated that she is the average height of a 14 yr old and he is telling the truth because she is the height of my daughter who turned 14 in July. She was born with breast mass ( which he has kept a close eye on over the years) and has been wearing deodorant since 4 years old but I was mortified when he examined her that she had full pubic hair. When she asked " Mommy why is that there" and looked at the doctor, I had to excuse myself and go to the restroom to gather myself. This change had to occur in the last few months as she had asked me to stop watching her bathe in February and she had no signs of this. I'm usually grace under fire as you have read in my prior post but I am at a loss for words. She is my baby and she still believes Santa Klaus exist and sleeps with her infant blanket so how do I deal with her being thrown into the world of premature pubity is something I have to figure out. Thanks for listening guys .

Teresa - posted on 08/04/2012

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My 6-year-old is quite tall, and I let her wait a year to start, so she is going in to first grade but often mistaken for a 9-year-old. It has been an issue with people expecting more from her than her emotional age - even we sometimes fall prey to thinking she is capable of more, she is also very verbal and so seems more mature, until she has a melt-down or otherwise acts her true age. I do remind her often that her height is an advantage and gift. Maybe she'll be an athlete. Soon she'll be borrowing my shoes!

Annette - posted on 08/01/2012

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Hello Amy,
My daughter just turned 8 and she is 55 inches tall. My husband and I are also tall....6'3" and 5'11" but I was never this tall at 8. We are tracking her bone growth and she is expected to begin puberty by 10.

Makisha - posted on 07/31/2012

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Hi there! My daughter is 8-years-old and 4'10"- she weighs close to 70 pounds and is above the 100th percent mark for girls her age on the percentile chart. When people say "my goodness you are SO tall" she says "thank you" with a smile. Her father is very tall (6'8") and I am pretty tall too (5'10") - her pediatrician is predicting she will be around 6'3" as an adult, if not taller. She is very smart (entering 4th grade) and the youngest in her class, though she is the tallest (taller than all of the boys and girls- who are turning 10 since she is a grade ahead.) At this point, it does not seem to affect her much socially- she has lots of friends that are 10 and 11 years old so even though she's younger, she's the same size and seems quite comfortable with her height. I hope it continues through her pre-pubescent and teen years *fingers crossed* LOL!

Dianelle - posted on 06/26/2012

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My daughter is very tall for age as well. She is 11 and is 5'2 and is not fat and is well proportioned. So i feel your pain as well.

Kim - posted on 06/22/2012

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Rochelle: What a beautiful way to tell your daughter to be confident in the body God gave her. We need to teach children that everyone is a little different (Like a million flavors of ice cream) and each one is unique. What a bland world this would be if everyone was the same size and had the same skin color, eyes, hair, etc. My friend's daughter who is 10 and 5'4" looks older (more like 16) but she acts like she's 10. My grandson is tall for his age, and when he ran around in public places and acted his toddler age, people glared at him to act older.

Rochelle - posted on 06/22/2012

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Oh Yes Amy, My Alexah is 8 and is 5'2 at her last annual exam which was in Sept of last year. She has always been the tallest and the thinest child in her class, heck she was taller than her 1st grade teacher. She is comfortable in her weight but her Pediatrican wants her to see a Pediatric Endocrinologist just to say that her height is ok and nothing more is going on with her because he has never had a girl this tall for her age in his practicing career. She is a healthy and delightful child and I just encourage her to be confident in the body God gave her because she tends to be passive with others childer because she is taller not neccesarily older. I am not a tall woman at 5"6 and her dad is 6'2 but I am told she will be about 6'2 or 6'3 when she is done . Thanks for the post Amy and God bless your little Tall girl :-) Rochelle

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