I feel that it’s very important for children to catch up on lost growth. The reasons being that if they are puny and tiny when they become adults, there can be feelings of inferiority, they can be bullied and taken advantage of etc.
My dad is 6 ft tall and my mom is half a foot shorter than him. I’m not as tall as my dad (am just 5 ft 7″ tall) not because mom’s genes were dominant. It was because dad had three kids to support and I didn’t get the nutrition that I needed during my formative years to become as tall as him. He worked for a company which was a bad paymaster and even today I’m paying for this decision of his to stick with that company for a long time.
Later when we did have money, it was too late. By eating whatever products money could buy at that point, which were beyond our reach when I was little, I could gain weight but not height.
I too have to be blamed for the height that I have now. I didn’t eat all that was set before me. My taste buds rejected most veggies and milk. I poured the glass of milk which mom offered for breakfast, down the sink, without her knowing, if my siblings were not in the mood on a particular day, to have it just before we left for school.
When I worked on a ship 14 years ago, there were many Americans on board. Most of them were tall. It appeared like they were descendants of Goliath – a giant mentioned in the Bible. When I stood beside them I felt small like Lilliput from Gulliver’s Travels. I wished then, while on-board, that our financial situation was good when I was a kid. I wished that mom had gone to work too by accepting the job offers which were waiting for her since she was a qualified school teacher. Her three kids would have survived with a babysitter just like thousands of kids have survived when both their parents worked outside.
I wished that dad had gone to the Gulf like most of his friends so we could have a higher standard of living which meant access to all the necessary food products and supplements. Till the day I die, I’ll regret the fact that I could not be as tall as many people I know or as tall as dad.
Fortunately my 1 yr old son eats everything we offer to him.
But my eldest daughter who’ll be 6 years old this October doesn’t. I want her to become tall. As tall as her mom who is as tall as me. If not as tall as her maternal granddad who is as tall as her paternal granddad.
There is a bump on the road which can stop her from reaching the destination which I want her to. She had inherited my taste buds and therefore doesn’t eat everything.
No amount of coaxing by me or threats by her mom can change her mind.
There is money with us to buy food products which are good for her. But her taste buds have to approve the products.
Like father, like daughter. Our taste buds are picky. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink. Fortunately, she likes to drink chocolate Horlicks and Bournvita and eat the brown powder too.
If her mom opens the jar and sees that the level of powder in it has gone down, it’s because the rat who has eaten it is none other than our daughter.
I am pleased to know that there’s a product in the market called Horlicks Growth+ to help children in the age group of 3-9 years to attain their potential height and weight.
I’m going to buy it and give it to my daughter now as Horlicks is a trusted brand which has been around for generations. I hope that it tastes as good as chocolate Horlicks so my daughter gulps it down as a drink or eats it with a large table spoon as a powder.