>Now, in the US, parents are all about measuring. I’m not sure if it’s the same here, but I get the sense not so much from a physical perspective. At the kids’ pediatrician in the US, the first thing they always did was weigh and measure them. Everything was considered based on the average growth charts for the US. It wasn’t a matter of where your child was on the growth chart, but did they continue to track in the same place. In other words, if they’re 80th percentile today and 20th next month, that’s a worry.
The Beans have pretty much tracked the same every month until we moved. ButterBean is 10th percent, JuniorBean about 15th % and JujuBean about 90th %. So, recently I began to wonder where they are falling now. I checked our recent measurements and looked at the US growth charts. They’re still tracking just the same. Golden. Then I started to think.
In the US, we would expect 90% of the kids ButterBean’s age to be taller than her. However, looking at her class in Jordan, she’s average. Nowhere near the smallest. Really, she’s right in the middle, probably 50th percentile for her class. How interesting. JujuBean is really rather an Amazon in her class. Mind you, she’s one of three of very tall stature, but they’re head and shoulders above the rest, quite literally. In fact, you won’t find even 1% of the kids taller than her, much less 10%. JuniorBean is on the smaller side, but I’m not convinced he’s very small relatively speaking either. There are at least a couple of other boys smaller than he is.
I found myself thinking, I need the Jordan growth charts, because clearly they are smaller than the US ones. It makes you wonder, what is average anyway? And, it also makes me smile thinking about JujuBean’s class of Amazon women. Fierce and fearless indeed, teehee.