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My assigned lot in life is that of the mother of a fifteen-year-old son My son has not yet gone through the growth spurt that always accompanies adolescence I can imagine that as my son I would feel extremely self-conscious at all times Speaking from experience its hard to be so different than all your classmates are Many high-school students dislike having distinguishing features that set them apart from the rest such as being short These features can be the basis for a lot of teasing and humiliation Being a female I dont have any first-hand experience dealing with a males perspective but I would think it would be even harder to be a short boy Males in our society are stereotypically strong and muscular Rarely do we see couples in which the wife is taller than the husband My son must feel humiliated by his peers because he does not fit the masculine mold Teenagers are very impressionable They are still trying to form their own identity separate from that of their parents Most adolescents want to be a person that everyone else likes and accepts and some will take drastic measures to be just that It could get to a point where my son would try to take some sort of growth supplement from the back cover of a magazine which would not be a healthy idea Teenagers often have such a burning desire to fit in that they hate themselves when they cannot I say all of this from experience currently going through the best years of my life right now The thing to remember though is that everyone grows at a different rate and not everyone is
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