Here are ways that a tall teen girl can feel great about her height, even if she feels despair about it.
Teen girls cannot change their height. But they can change the way they think. That’s the one thing you CAN change.
And by changing the way you think, you can actually change the way other people think of you.
#1: If a teen girl stands tall and confident, she’ll appear a little older and command more respect, including from teachers. Try it if you don’t believe me.
#2: Your height is equal to most of the boys and taller than many of the boys. Now, you’re probably thinking, “WHAT? Why should THAT make me feel great about being so tall?”
It should make you feel a little safer than if you were only 5-2.
A boy who wants to push around a girl is less likely to attempt this on one he’s eye-to-eye with and especially if he must look up at her.
#3: You may not be thinking about this now, but some day, you’ll REALLY be thinking about it: what you’ll look like in old age. A body that’s getting old will shrink in height.
If a teen girl is tall, this means that after old age shrinks her down, she won’t be a “little old lady.”
Little old ladies look more helpless than tall or medium height old ladies.
#4: It’s a well-established fact that tall people are more likely to get promoted in the workplace when compared to short people, and they also tend to earn more money than do short people.
So if you’re a teen girl feeling despair about your height, picture yourself just coming out of college and trying to get ahead in the business world:
You’ll be eye-to-eye or taller than the men you’ll be trying to gain respect from. They will see you more as their equal, rather than as their inferior.
Picture yourself at a “normal” or petite height, standing among men at that high-powered business meeting.
You are looking up at all of them. They are looking down at you.
Maybe there’s five of them, all around six feet, and you’re like 5-3 or 5-4, or if you’re wearing heels, you’re topping out at 5-8.
But these men are still looming over you. You feel you must speak up to be taken seriously. You must clomp your heels when you walk to create a presence.
Now, if you’re very tall, well gee, all you need do is just square off your shoulders and proudly smile to create a dynamic presence and command respect. When you talk, the men will listen!
#5: If you play sports, you can make height work for you. Extra height is an advantage in many sports.
#6. You don’t have to ask people to reach things for you. I’m 5-8 and more than once, I’ve had to ask taller people at the grocery store to get something in the back of the highest shelf.
I can’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve been only 3-4 inches away from reaching something, and nobody else was around to reach for me.
This includes changing the light bulbs in a light that hangs above my staircase, and clipping off dead leaves of a philodendron that climbs my walls. I must drag out the stool.
#7: If someone’s really angry at you, wouldn’t you prefer that they be looking UP at you, rather than down at you or even eye-to-eye with you?
#8: Tall teen girls have a sight advantage; you can see over peoples’ heads. This comes in handy in the school auditorium, at movie theatres, concerts, etc.
#9: If you marry a short man, it’s less likely (though not guaranteed) that your children will be “too short.”
#10: “Being tall is just as acceptable as being short or being the average height,” says Renee Sunday, MD, an anesthesiologist who’s 5-10.
“But young ladies have to be made comfortable in their stature. And how can this happen? Mindset, connections and personal affirmations.
“Whether it’s good or bad, you are what you believe that you are.” Yes, this is so true. A classic example is the two salesmen.
One thought he couldn’t sell anything. The other thought he could sell anything. Who was right? BOTH!
Dr. Sunday continues, “So if we can get young women to change their mindsets and viewpoints about self, we can get them to appreciate who and what they are.
“That comes with being connected to the right people and finding other beautiful persons who have walked the path you’re walking.
“Believe that you’re amazing, connect to those who are amazing, and affirm that you are amazing.
“When I was younger, I was bullied and always picked on for being tall and skinny.
“I was intelligent and had a great sense of humor, but people paid more attention to my height.
“So I had to become comfortable with it. And now, I love my heels and my makeup. I love my short skirts and my beautiful long legs.
“But I had to learn to love me. No, I didn’t ask for the height. But since I was trusted with it, I had to accept it.”
So there you have it, 10 ways a tall teen girl could feel wonderful about her height!