One day (very far away) when you fall in love, make sure that it is with whoever the hell you want it to be with.
And if that person is a man, then look for someone who makes you laugh before you seek out someone who is taller than you.
At 11 months she’s into her 12-18 month clothes already, and I lie awake most nights hyperventilating at the thought that her cot bars might be short enough for her to climb over the top. Don’t let your insecurities make you defensive or respond spitefully as mine sometimes did.
But parenting is a wonderful second chance at life. Everyone in the playground has something they feel insecure about.
Hopefully by then we’ll live in a world where no one bats an eyelid at a woman who is taller than her boyfriend.Just keep in mind that falling in love is a bit of a mystery and it might not be possible to get every girl to fall in love with you. – It must be very difficult to find a man your size. Why would have I found myself pushed in the back otherwise? So although I was the very first to be picked in gym class when it was a matter of playing basketball, I was simply left on the bench at school parties because no prepubescent worthy of its name would ever want to be seen dancing with a girl who could put her chin on top of his head. A feminine and endearing little thing anyone would want to protect and who could break like glass if you weren’t gentle enough… ” The word “small” instantly became a quality when “tall” suddenly appeared as a fault.
No, it doesn’t mean I’m going to live vicariously through my daughter, go all ‘momager’ and turn her into the Taylor Swift I should have been (sigh). If you have any other advice you’d like to give her — or any of the daughters we Leggy Lovelies may bear — then I’d love you to share it in the comments below. I spent so many of my early years wanting the clothes that the cool kids had, the computer games the other kids played, to be the same height as the other girls at school. Their shortness, their tubbiness, their skinniness, their skin, their hair colour.