Her area of expertise is health and fitness. She is a Bosu fitness and stand-up paddle surfing instructor. Kent holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Washington State University. It's fun to use formulas to predict your teen's height — as long as you take such predictions with a grain of salt. Shoe size generally is proportional to height, so it's used in many height-predicting formulations. Such formulations sometimes take the parents' height into account, as well.
As a mom of four teens, I have been through the teen growth spurt a few times. With three teen daughters, I have watched and endured the physical and emotional changes. Puberty can last a while, but the typical growth spurt — or the peak growth phase when all the noticeable growth happens — lasts about three years or so.
Parents and children, especially tweens and teenagers, often worry when they notice that they are shorter than many of their peers and classmates of the same age. While there are many medical conditions that can cause children to have short stature, most children who are short are normal. This is one time when kids can blame their parents, or at least their genes, for something. Most children are short because they have short parents. Genetics plays a very big role in how tall a person will be.