Are you short stuff, like Jeruelsa?

Did you ever hear the advice to not stress about what you can't change? How short or tall we are is one of those things we can't really change. But most people have thought about what it would be like to be taller or shorter. Jeruelsa is feeling kind of short compared to everyone else.
 
Dear PLS,
I'm the shortest kid in my class! I am actually in 7th grade but I look like as if I am in 4th grade. What should I do?”
Jeruelsa

It is very common to have a big variety of taller and smaller kids in middle school. That's because puberty (when you grow into a more adult-like person) happens at different times for different people. So one girl might sprout up to 5 feet 10 inches while her best friend is a whole foot shorter. Same goes for guys. One might be almost as tall as his dad while another kid is nowhere near that big.
 
Eventually, by high school, things usually even out. Some people will be shorter, especially if their parents aren't too tall. Other kids will be tall and may even continue growing into their late teens. For more about height, check out this article: Feeling Too Short or Too Tall?
 
My advice for Jeruelsa would be to focus on being healthy and strong at her current height. Be good to your body by eating healthy foods and getting lots of play time and exercise. Appreciate your body and all it does no matter how tall or small it is!
 
Any other advice about dealing with feeling too short?
 
Think pink!
Jemma

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Anonymous PINKSHUGZANDPLAYINGINFUN!!!!!!! ps. i have a surprise fir u guys. said...

Don't worry just think of all the things you can do when your short. I am short, so is my crush and we deal with it he is teased all the time even by me and whatever life goes on i bet their is heaps if people who want to be short like you.
I hope its the first, comment!
:-) #TALKaboutyourbffsweek
By me i made up this week.

June 1, 2013 at 2:03 AM  
Anonymous Purple Rose said...

@Jeruelsa
Don't worry about it! People grow at their own rates. What you can do now is to eat healthy and be active. Be confident about your height! (:
First Comment!

June 1, 2013 at 3:01 AM  
Anonymous AnnyaWillRockYourWorld said...

Don't be sad. I have a friend who has the same problem or worse. She is in 6th grade but she looks like a 2nd grade baby. But still we all love her as our baby sister,big sister,friend,best friend and boyfriend(it is our little game;))
So,lift your head,dry those teare and walk with confidence.
You will eventually become tall until then have a big :) on your face

June 1, 2013 at 9:27 AM  
Anonymous Pinkadink said...

Dont worry Jeruelsa. Being tall isnt always that great either...

June 1, 2013 at 11:18 AM  
Anonymous Rosebud said...

Just think, tall people want to be short. Short people want to be tall. Be happy that you can do things not many 7th graders can do! You can walk under that low hanging branch without ducking, you don't have to get new clothes constantly, and you can move around more easily. But don't worry, you'll grow, it's just that you have more time to have fun being this way! Good luck!

June 1, 2013 at 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

I used to feel the same way.

June 1, 2013 at 12:57 PM  
Anonymous Remakingabraverme said...

Don't worry Jeruelsa! Being short isn't something to worry about-it's something that makes you unique! Whenever you feel down tell yourself that you're not short, you're funsized!

June 1, 2013 at 2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yay! First comment! I would suggest wearing high heels to be taller? I heard jumping makes you taller, too, but I'm not sure if that's true.

June 1, 2013 at 4:40 PM  
Anonymous judogirl said...

trust me in all sports they have the shorter people and the tall people. Also it stinks being tall. I am not the tallis but i can never find shorts that fit me

June 1, 2013 at 5:56 PM  
Anonymous Cupcake_cutie said...

always think on the bright side, there are good things to everything! remember, no matter what charts and data may say, there really isn't an 'average' height. people always think 'I'm too short' or 'I'm too tall'. be happy being who you are! people always think that I'm in grade 8 or in high school but I'm only in grade 6 and I always have trouble shopping for clothes etc ;)

Think (insert favorite colour here),
Cupcake_cutie

June 1, 2013 at 7:33 PM  
Anonymous KutexKat (What your going to read is about love problems) said...

I need help badly. I am in this like phase where I don't have any crush but I do at the same time. I am too young so I am trying to drop it but I am having trouble. I got rid of most of my crushes because I had like 3 but now I have a crush on I guy I usually hate. He thinks I like him but I say no because I don't want him to ask me out. I'm too young. I have a really weird phase. Love is weird... Any tips because I really need help on this one... I am so stuck and confused. I know he likes me (or I think) but I think he knows I like him. He asks lots of girls out. WHAT IF NEXT IS ME? I know I should say No thanks really nicely and let him down easy but should I tell him? I am so scared!!

June 1, 2013 at 9:35 PM  
Anonymous KutexKat said...

I agree plus you can not do hide and seek and get into small places as easy. Plus I can not find shorts either. The right length is too big on waist and my size is not long enough in length, it is so annoying!

June 1, 2013 at 9:41 PM  
Anonymous PINKSHUGS...... u know whr this goes said...

Guys i have had three dream abot my crush and this is the first correspondence, the first dream my crush liked me, he had my name written on a friend of mines hand she asked if this was the one he loved and he nodded that was strange because that week she was due to leave,
Next dream was that he ignored me we were doing something in class and he ignored me and then he asked me, are we getting to Close Ini because you are ruining my reputation . The next week he is particularly mean to me and me alone, plus a friend, and i got upset now i know how to handle him, I'm not a slave no more. Last on o goodies this ones the most romantic
He is a pig to me so i hit him, then he is upset with himself and leaves me alone.
Then he inevitably and hour on talk to me touch my fingers and they lit up. Then he told thAt there it too much stress between us i looked in his eye's and he looked in mine then he held my cheek softly, like when a guy is about to kiss you. There he held me fir what felt like forever, which is funny because the day i dreamt it was one of the mmost flirty dayZ EVA !!!!!!! I went home happy, even though i grabbed him twice bad i hit him twice3 times.

June 2, 2013 at 1:19 AM  
Anonymous TurquoiseDolphinGurl16 said...

@Rebecca
OMG my mame is Rebecca too!!!
I used to be BunnyGurl16.

Which name do you guys prefer???

June 2, 2013 at 7:56 AM  
Anonymous TurquoiseDolphinGurl16 said...

Being tall is a pain too. U always bump your head into things, u have to look down when u talk to all ur friends and u can't wear all those cute heels cos u end up being sooo tall and it looks ridiculous!

June 2, 2013 at 7:59 AM  
Anonymous TurquoiseDolphinGurl16 said...

Internacionale is a good place to get shorts if ur a tall person

June 2, 2013 at 8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

callmeajesusfreack
im short to lol everybody makes fun of me but just ingnore im in grade 7 and im the shortest person in my class

June 2, 2013 at 2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm the tallest girl in school and lemme tell you it's not super fun plus i have a hard time finding jeans lol but i think you should think about the benefits of being short one my really good friends is the shortest girl in school and she likes being "fun-sized" as she likes to call it everybody wishes they could change something about themselves but they never really think about how other people wish they could be them please think about how lucky you are -xoxo rainbows 'n' sunshine

June 2, 2013 at 4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i want to be short im the tallest person in my grade!!!!!!!!! i look like im in jr. high but im only in 5th grade

June 2, 2013 at 4:12 PM  
Anonymous Sophisticated Swiftie said...

aww.. don`t worry Jeruelsa. I`m in Grade 7 and people asked me if I was in Grade 4. Well, it`s okay, we can all be extremely short or extremely tall together. :) Short people ftw. ;) Just kidding. I learned to laugh at myself with others. I always make jokes about how I`m SO much taller than everybody, but they`re all like a head taller. I also love piggybacking my friends and acting like I`m the king of the world. When I piggyback them, I`m taller than most people. >:) Don`t worry, you`ll be fine!

June 2, 2013 at 5:03 PM  
Anonymous hatlover said...

Short buddies ! Whoop whoop! My two best freind are short too but we ALWAYS win at limbo

June 2, 2013 at 11:00 PM  
Anonymous MeMe said...

I'm 12 and I'm really tall! 5'6", which is taller than almost all my friends. It can be hard sometimes, finding clothes, but I like my tallness. :) We can't change the way we look, and it makes us unique. it's okay if you're 6 feet... or 4 feet!

-MeMe

June 4, 2013 at 2:00 AM  
Anonymous cutiepie4eversophie said...

Omg im short too n i like being short i wouldnt want to b tall because...

1. Tall ppl cant wear tall heels unless they wanna look like a giant
2. Short ppl alwsays looks younger which will make us look younger in the future.
3. Tall ppl cant wear short dresses because it makes them look taller n they cant wear certain types of clothes
4.and......good things come in small packages!!!

June 4, 2013 at 8:19 PM  
Anonymous purple peace said...

It's okay to be short! Some of my friends are short, and some are tall. The fact that some of them aren't that tall doesn't make me want them as any friends more or less. If you look confident and okay with your height, other people won't care how tall you are!

June 4, 2013 at 8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jereulsa,
I am SUPER short as well and my friends are a range of half a foot to 2 feet taller than me. However one way to tell whether you are going to be taller or shorter than everybody else is to compare your feet with other people. I know it's really weird but those people with rather large feet tend to "rise above the rest". Never mind if your feet are teencey now they might grow.

June 6, 2013 at 4:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im really tall and its not that great.I always hit my head OUCH

June 10, 2013 at 5:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a naturally small person, and I'm proud of it... Some of my friends are really tall, and some are really short... Me and my shorter friends use a catchy comeback when someone calls one of us short; I'm not short, I'm fun-sized!!!!

June 10, 2013 at 5:44 PM  
Anonymous kat said...

Don't worry about being short. There are girls in my class who are also short. You'll catch up. Don't worry. :)
I'm tall and I always hit my head on the bus. OW! Sometimes it's not that fun being tall.

June 12, 2013 at 5:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gosh ur 5,6 im 5,1 ,and im 10 years old and my friends call me short

June 12, 2013 at 9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i feel you i'm in 8th grade and only4'6 so don't worry you'll have your'e time to grow

June 14, 2013 at 5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was short before and it was great because get into small spaces

June 16, 2013 at 9:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ugh things haven't been going my way
a. I lost one of my new earrings
b. new purse I got got stained by some melted oil I use on my legs
c. I miss my crush

I hope to have better days. :(

June 18, 2013 at 6:21 PM  
Anonymous Coolgabs1216 said...

I am 5-1 people at my school r taller than moi but it's ok. You'll grow

June 22, 2013 at 3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry you are still going to grow. Just remember love yourself because you are perfect in your own way;)

June 23, 2013 at 10:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry about how tall u r. It will just make your life harder.trust me. A boy in my class is super tall.about a foot taller than the rest of us. Ppl always tease him. He does not worry bout it.

June 25, 2013 at 1:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't worry! You will grow! For now, just be comfortable and confident with who you are!!

June 29, 2013 at 11:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chill Jeruelsa,
I face the same problems...
It's acually good being good be short...
If yes then then don't worry!
Just Be Confident
Always Be Positive...
Enjoy....

July 1, 2013 at 11:23 AM  
Anonymous Supercute Blue said...

I am one of the shortest in my class and all my friends are taller than me :( But I don't mind because if we went back in time a few hundred years even short people would seem tall to them because the average height has gone up over time! :)

But for dealing with height in the present day
Ignore anyone who teases you. They are not real friends.
Good posture always helps.
Fashion advice: wearing vertical stripes makes you look taller

Hope this helps!

Love Supercute Blue :)

July 7, 2013 at 11:24 AM  
Anonymous kewlkatkitty said...

No worries. Take a look!
Super cute
Hides well
Oh so nice
Really friendly
Too sweet!

July 11, 2013 at 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Pretty Kitty said...

im short too... 4'7 and in 7th grade. it stinks. it really does. but some advantages of being short are:
-you can hide better
- in small spaces you arent quite as cramped
- your taller friends can carry you around
hope i helped

July 15, 2013 at 3:14 AM  
Anonymous heart said...

Don't feel bad. People come in different shapes and sizes. I am tall but, I am skinny. Love who you are.

July 20, 2013 at 10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi pls! you guys take my heart away and i wish i am a part of you but i really wanna say that there is much more in life than boys. get it!

July 21, 2013 at 11:43 AM  
Anonymous Daniellamountains said...

okay, got it anonymous who says there is much more in life than boys, I actually kind of agree with you!, thanks anonymous

March 24, 2014 at 6:16 PM  
Anonymous pubertybummer said...

sorry this has totally nothing to do with being short but can you guys please give me advice? cuz I am
getting pimples all over my face and I don't know how to hide them it makes me look ugly and i am
getting periods and i don't know how to hide my
pads! and sometimes I forget to bring them and
then blood is everywhere i went through this a lot and kids laughed at me, what can I do?
someone please give me advice?

April 14, 2014 at 5:57 PM  

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