Whether you’re the parent of a toddler, a preteen or you’re a glowing parent to be it’s common to wonder about what the future has in store for your little one(s). Will they be smart, successful, kind and attractive? And the biggest question of all (see what we did there?) — will they be tall or short?
Some of these questions you’re just going to have to wait and see about, but height? The answer may be right in front of you.
Thanks to science and some vigilant doctors, there’s an actual formula that parents can use to predict how tall their kids will eventually grow to be.
If you have a boy, simply take the height of both parents, add 13 centimetres, and divide the final number by two. That’s how tall Junior should grow to be.
If it’s sugar and spice and everything nice in your life, combine the height of both parents, subtract 12.7 centimetres and divide that number by two. And that’s what your daughter will grow to be.
Of course, there’s no exact one-formula-fits-all and even this one is subject to stray from the hard and fast numbers. It should also be noted that height decreases in younger siblings, and that other factors like nutrition come into play.
At the end of the day, genetics are said to account for anywhere between 60 and 80 per cent of a person’s adult height. So if you’re not a person who likes guessing, pull out the old calculator and see what the future holds for your littles right now.