Feeling tall and short (for Anna and the Giant)


We often talk about how girls often worry about the same problems. But yesterday, we got two emails that really show how true this is.

First we got this email from a girl who calls herself "The Giant:"

Dear pls,
I feel weird because I am only 13 and I am 5.11 I have size 44 shoe! My mom wants me to join the basketball team but I dont want to. I keep on telling her but she and my friends keep on putting pressure . I feel like I can't take it anymore ! Plz help !
Thanks :)
The Giant, 13

And then a few hours later, we received this one...

Dear PLS,
I am really short for my age will it affect my period?

Anna, 11

Two girls, two different problems about the same thing. We can't control how tall we grow. It depends a lot on how tall our parents are. And we also can't control when we grow. Some girls develop earlier and may grow to their adult height ahead of their friends.  

So to answer the first question, the best approach is to try to get comfortable with being tall. You don't have to join the basketball team, but you should learn to stand up straight and worry less about being taller than other people. We also would like to change your screen name from "The Giant" to "TallGirlsRock."  

And Anna, lots of girls write in about feeling short. If you're going to be on the shorter side, that won't affect your period. Look around at all the short, adult women out there! But if you are going to end up being a taller girl, it may be that you haven't have your "growth spurt" yet. Growing taller comes along with the other changes that happen in puberty. You could always ask your mom or your doctor about where they think you are in the process.   Any other short or tall advice, girls?

Think pink! Jemma

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Anonymous SmieyShyGirl said...

I TOTALLY know how you feel Anna! I am 12 and as short as can be.. I hate it but I'm waiting for my growth spurt! So see ya!

Smiles 4ever! :)

~SmileyShyGirl~

September 30, 2012 at 5:59 AM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

Dont worry about your height people. Everyone else is probably too busy worrying about their own height to pay much attention to yours, either way stand up tall, be proud, and smile. Oh and make sure you dont do anything you dont want to do, but dont be afraid to try new things, smile and think pink girls!

September 30, 2012 at 6:21 AM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

Also have to love the logos, skyscrapers? Really? Lol

September 30, 2012 at 6:22 AM  
Anonymous ♥LucyLovin'Life♥ said...

I'm very short and I'm 10 :) I like being short because people say I look cute! :)

September 30, 2012 at 8:40 AM  
Anonymous Cutiecake123 said...

@ "The giant"

I'm 12 and 5'4. I know it can be awkward but guess what? You are the perfect height to be a model! You are truly beautiful!

September 30, 2012 at 10:17 AM  
Anonymous Icygirl;) said...

Ha Im 11 annd Im 5'1 and im decently tall at my school. But at other schools, im TINY! Love your height everyone;)

September 30, 2012 at 11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you are tall, you don't have to worry about your weight gain because you just thin out. Plus, some guys are total suckers for tall gals. When you are short you have a really good figure. Boys also like shorter girls because they feel like they can be with you without getting overwhelmed.

September 30, 2012 at 11:50 AM  
Anonymous emmy said...

i feel her. all the cute boys are shorter than me:(
Dont worry. Ur just tall be a model

September 30, 2012 at 12:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok so I have a question and I hop someone will answer. So I got my first period August 4- 10 and then my second one August 29- September 4 but I haven't got my third one and it's September 30 th


Please help

September 30, 2012 at 4:50 PM  
Anonymous Purpleypopsicle said...

Tallgirlsrock, I am super tall too! I haven't ever really had a problem with it, especially since my best friend is tall too. Also, don't do basketball if you don't want to, although its really fun!

September 30, 2012 at 4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a question that's kinda the same... So I have had my period since January 2012 and it still isn't regular, but I only get I once a month. But, I just had it 2 weeks ago and now I'm getting it again (I think). I don't know if this is normal or not. Normally my period is pretty heavy, but last time it was REALLY light. I don't know what to do!! Help pls!!

Love Pink

September 30, 2012 at 6:29 PM  
Anonymous YOLO said...

I'm super tall 2. I'm 5'7 and 11 years old.

September 30, 2012 at 8:39 PM  
Anonymous Tall Is The new Small said...

I have friends that suddenly want to be my friend because I have been getting better clothes. They can be kinda nasty sometimes, but they are REALLY popular. I want to be their friend, because I will be one of the populars, and may get a boyfriend. But I can't deal with their nastiness!

This may be the only chance I get at popularity! Idk what to do -__-

TallisTheNewSmall

September 30, 2012 at 11:30 PM  
Anonymous JellyFishesRule said...

I'm tall too.I'm 5'5"-5'6" I wish I was taller,though!I play basketball,so tall helps me. Tallgirlsrock,if you don't want to play,though,then you should tell them no.You can get hurt playing.I've hurt my ankles and fingers countless times.Usually I just twist my ankle a little bit,and just jam my fingers,but it still counts as getting hurt.I do Taekwondo,too,so that kinda helps.


I hope I helped you some!

~JellyFishesRule

October 1, 2012 at 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Juliett said...

To Tall is the new small:

Well i know how u feel because i was in "the popular group" for quite some time. I loved it because i found out the newest trends and gossip. It can be really exciting when u first start off because people u don't even know just walk up to you and say hi. You are considered SPECIAL or IMPORTANT when ur hanging our with the cool people. But when i was popular for the first week i found out that they can be really, really nasty! One day they would call me best friend and the other they don't even look at me anymore. At first, i just shrugged it off you know, no biggy. But then they started whispering and talking behind my back and the next thing u know, there is rumors about me everywhere. BAD rumors. That's when i noticed, u know what? REAL friends don't talk about me. REAL friends don't spread rumors about me. REAL friends are there for me and don't ignore me. So the next day i hung out with those real friends. And to this day, a year later i still do. I don't recommend u hanging out with the popular crowd because they r not real friends and U are way too good for them:) they will just end up picking u up, and throwing u down like they did to me:)

-Juliett

October 1, 2012 at 8:13 PM  
Anonymous MeMe said...

To both Anonymous es: That's totally OK! Periods are usually really inconsistent at the beginning. Eventually, though, they'll be more even.

October 1, 2012 at 11:02 PM  
Anonymous Icygirl;) said...

@Juliett&Tall is the new small,
I am in the popular group. I rank number three in popularity. LOL Dont worry, at y school we are not mean except for this girl named Marie who is ranked#2 . Once you get to know us we can be really great friends!

October 2, 2012 at 12:47 AM  
Anonymous WHOO HOO! said...

I'm in grade 7 and 5'4 and have always been one of the tallest in my class. One of my guy friends is having a growth spurt and he's almost taller than me! I already got my period last December so is this my stopping point? I'm going to miss being tall! Soon everyone will be way taller!

October 2, 2012 at 8:50 AM  
Anonymous Tallgirlsrock said...

Thanks pls ! Thanks for all the incouragement it helps !!!!!!:)

October 2, 2012 at 2:16 PM  
Anonymous irishgal said...

Please can i have a logo please please please jemma i am begging please

October 2, 2012 at 4:56 PM  
Anonymous irishgal said...

Dont worry everybody is differant like i know a girl who has size 7 (uksizes)feet and i boy who is tiny as nd my bestnd is not very tall well like what i am sayingis nobody is perfect but that does't mean we have to fuss everybody has there flaws it could be physicals of mentel but everybody is speacil and remeber tha:-)

Ps. Jemma can i please have a logo plz plz pllz

October 2, 2012 at 5:05 PM  
Anonymous Juliett said...

To icygirl:

That's really cool:) i wish the popular gurlz at my school were like that! At my skool they are just snotty and mean and they don't care about anyone else but themselves! If they were like the popular girls at ur school, i would hang out with them all the time!

October 2, 2012 at 7:43 PM  
Anonymous littlebuzzybee said...

At my school we have a whole big group of popular kids that we call the 'H block people' because they sit in front of the H block classrooms.
They are so confident and good looking and popular. Some of the people there are nice but most of them can be really mean!

Anyone can be popular, you just have to be a really good, loyal friend and everyone will find out how awesome you are. I have quite a few friends but I am quite shy. But I always try to be nice to everyone and help them out.

October 3, 2012 at 1:47 AM  
Anonymous the smiling cat said...

I used to be the shortest in the year and then I grew and now I am taller than most of my friends, my mum and my older sister!

October 3, 2012 at 7:09 AM  
Anonymous superbunny said...

Hi girls, I'm in gr.7 and my 1st dance (the halloween dance) is fast approaching. I've liked this guy since gr.5, and last year he asked me out and I said no because I wasn't ready to date and I have to read a book by the pope before I date anyone and I didn't read it yet. I'm reading the book right now, but if he asks me to the dance, should I say yes? I want to go with him but I don't actually want to dance with him. I'm so scared and confused please help
God bless you guys!!!

October 3, 2012 at 8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! I'm actually the tallest in my class but my friend, Iman is the shortest in my class. We are both in Fith Grade but even the third graders are taller than her! So your shorter than her and she still stand confident. YOU ROCK IMAN!

October 3, 2012 at 4:50 PM  
Anonymous Born2Bme said...

to superbunny: tell him yes, but say you dont like to dance. tell him its not that u dont like him, its that u dont like dancing

October 4, 2012 at 4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Superbunny a dance isn't really a date. And you can go with him and just talk. Say you aren't comfortable with dancing. Or better yet: YOU DONT KNOW HOW TO DANCE. So let him teach you. Romance!

October 4, 2012 at 4:50 PM  
Anonymous ccmay said...

To Superbunny
if you are comfortrable, say yes!! it would be great to show him that you really do like him. Plus, the halloween dance is always super fun, but not a ton of mushy slow dances, so you wont be put on the spot if youve never been on a date before. Good luck and rock on!!

October 4, 2012 at 8:11 PM  
Anonymous superbunny said...

Thx!!:D
God bless you guys!!!

October 4, 2012 at 8:42 PM  
Anonymous Big Friendly Giant said...

I'm 11 and I'm 5"10

October 4, 2012 at 10:43 PM  
Anonymous Big Friendly Giant said...

I think you should go with him have some fun, but if u don't wanna slow dance then don't I bet you he will understand. But if he turns out that he forces you to dance then just walk away and make him regret it.

October 4, 2012 at 10:48 PM  
Anonymous LucyInTheSkyWithRainbows said...

:) I am 14, and I'm 5 feet. Once you reah Secondary school, you see how tiny some people are and how enormous others are!

October 5, 2012 at 1:34 AM  
Anonymous Destiny locker said...

There is nothing wrong with being tall or even short

October 5, 2012 at 6:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this girl in my class got her period during p.e.she is the only girl in the whole year that got her period.i feel so sorry for her + she is getting teased.what can i do

October 5, 2012 at 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cassandra said"there it nothing wrong being tall or short or the right size.

October 5, 2012 at 10:30 AM  
Anonymous shorty said...

I love being short. Short people rule! (So do tall people) ;) oh and could you please give me a logo. I know you get so many people asking u but it would be awesomesauce to get one ! Think pink ~Nikki

October 5, 2012 at 9:16 PM  
Anonymous superbunny said...

@Anonymous 1+2...
My name is Cassandra too! You should tell a woman like your mom, a female teacher or a guidance councelor(if she's a girl) and maybe she can help by comforting the girl, or talking to othjer students and tell them to stop. Also,if your friends are talking about her in a mean way, tell them "I'm leaving/going somewhere else because I don't want to be involved in this" or "You guys, that wasn't very nice to say that" no matter how much you get ridiculed. That's what a good+responible person would do.
God bless you guys!!

October 6, 2012 at 9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also think tall girls rock is a good name, I'm a giant to and i LOVE IT!!!!!

October 6, 2012 at 9:31 AM  
Anonymous Ccmay;) said...

@ Anonymous whose friend is being teased because of her period.
That happened to my friend too. Mostly, we told her not to cry, because the people who was worth her tears wont make her cry. Tell her not to care, but if it happens to other frineds, make sure you lend them a sweater or a pad, so no one can see their periods.

October 6, 2012 at 10:49 AM  
Anonymous Ccmay;) said...

@Tall is the New Small
Phewff. Who needs popularity? I was popular at my old school, like really popular, untill they all started to be insanely mean bullies. At my new shcoool, I have two close friends, and Im happier than anyone!!
. Those people who only want to be your frineds for your looks or money? Not frineds. They are not the people who will have your back. more likely, they will stab it. ;) If you have other frineds, chill with them. its better to have a few close frineds than a hoard of meanies!!
Hope you agree!! Good luck, and think pink!!

October 6, 2012 at 10:55 AM  
Anonymous Pinkadink said...

Don't worry girls. For about a year ur periods will be pretty wacky and irregular. The same thing still happens to me too.

October 7, 2012 at 7:17 PM  
Anonymous Purpleypopsicle said...

Lol love your name!

October 8, 2012 at 11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm average. Just the way I like myself.

October 8, 2012 at 4:39 PM  
Anonymous sandra said...

just feel comfortable with your hight. i'm one of the tall kids at school. You don't have to join the basketball team because your tall. I'm 10 and have size 7 shoe. i'm just as tall as my mom! Just be happy with your hight!

October 10, 2012 at 8:08 PM  
Anonymous Cupcake_cutie said...

There is no "right" size, even if you are above or below "average". I'm eleven and i'm 164 cm or 5.4 and wear size 8-9 shoes im the tallest person in my class! so don't worry if you are different!

October 11, 2012 at 5:53 PM  
Anonymous Karen said...

dont worry Ana! I'm 11 and im small.i am 4 and 5 or 4 or 6 inches tall! but i'm proud of who i am! no one made fun of me, becuase there was other kids as small as me. but i mustve grew 3 inches now, becuase i feel taller and awkward

October 14, 2012 at 5:01 PM  
Anonymous Aimeestars said...

Oh dont worry bout ur height girls! In my scool theres a whole load of tall and short galz. I hav this friend and shes small. Infact I hav like 4 frends (theyr not so close) . Then I hav my cusin and hes taller than his mum! I hav a bff whos tall, though I'd describe her as average :) so basically we can all b frends no matter how small or tall, black or white,what country were from coz basically were all the same apart from those tiny things xx keep smiling and be friends xx :) :)

October 19, 2012 at 2:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate how when someone says that they're short, someone always says,"Oh! It's okay! Everyone grows at different times." Like seriously, that's just a put down for a lot of people. A lot of people are just naturally short and are never going to get very tall. Big deal!

October 20, 2012 at 9:54 AM  
Anonymous Hugsandsmiles said...

Im average height in my school, shortish for where i live, and tall for the other half of my nationality lol! Whatever your height stand up tall and be confident, and of course smile!

October 20, 2012 at 3:30 PM  
Anonymous Ashley said...

i am super tall 2
dont try 2 hide that u r tall!
if u dont make a big deal about your height others wont either

October 25, 2012 at 11:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Be yourself and if you juzt want to be popular but have to hang out with snobs then just stay away youll find the guy even if it isnt right away!

October 25, 2012 at 9:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

im really tall 2 im 12 and 5'5
all the cute boys r shorter than me!
but its not 2 hard since my best friends r tall 2

October 29, 2012 at 2:53 PM  
Anonymous flybird said...

I'm 11 and 5'0 to 5'1.
I'm not as tall as some but everyone says I should try basketball or volleyball.
If you don't want to then you don't have to. I agree with Jemma, stand straight and be proud!
Tall Girls Rock!

October 31, 2012 at 5:17 PM  
Anonymous Ashley said...

omg! i have a friend named anna who is 11 and really short, too!

November 2, 2012 at 10:46 AM  
Anonymous iflovecouldtalk said...

@icygirl
Same here I rank 4th in popularity and they aren't mean. The reason everyone likes me is cause I'm friends with everybody same with the people higher up than me. Idk what it is like at ur school but juliett at my school we r not mean. Occasionally we get into small fights and stuff but other than that its really chill at my school lol

November 3, 2012 at 9:51 AM  
Anonymous Supercute Blue said...

I think its fine if you're freakishly tall or short, it's your personality that matters. I'm 12 and I'm only like 4 foot 6 but I get on with my life like it doesn't matter, and it doesn't! I think that it's the same with tall people, but the thing is, some people may be 4 foot 6, and some may be nearly 6 feet, but people, get over it!!!

November 11, 2012 at 12:07 PM  
Anonymous iAmAShorty said...

I am in year 9 but everyone thinks I am a year seven. It is only when they say casually 'So, hows year 7?' i say that I am year 9. I think its to do with my short height. What can i do to look more like a year 9 and not 7?

November 17, 2012 at 7:08 AM  
Anonymous pinkieback rib said...

im in year 3 plp think im in year 5 its cool but im 4'5 anyway baiii

November 24, 2012 at 9:48 AM  
Anonymous ladyadorable101 said...

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December 1, 2012 at 1:45 PM  
Anonymous Hallie said...

@Giant
Be proud of your height! Girls start growing more before boys, so in no time, boys and your friends are going to be as tall! You don't need to join basketball, join any sport you want to do! Volleyball, soccer, swimming, etc. are all great!

@Anna
No it will not affect your period. It will be normal for everyone! Don't worry!

Hope this works!

December 5, 2012 at 5:36 PM  
Anonymous judogirl said...

don't worry anne you whille grow me when i was ten my feet grew from a size 2 to a size 5 and i have growen alot and trust me anne i'm your age at my school there a lot of kids that are shorter then me and they live happy. my best friend is a inc taller then me so it is nothing. Just give it some time and you will grew. Most of my friends are taller then me but i'm averge

December 7, 2012 at 9:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you'll grow anna if you get made fun of just like me just ignore them.....i got big feet that's why they make fun of me........last year i was a size 5 women and now im a size 8 1/2 women XD and im also 4 foot 9 or 10 inces, Anonymous

January 5, 2013 at 5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am twelve and 4"11.

May 25, 2013 at 6:21 AM  

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