If you haven’t already started taking your children’s measurements, why not start today? A height chart is a fun way to chart children’s growth. We’ve only marked our second height reading, but I’m amazed by how quickly our girls are growing!

Aisha in front of the height measure, February 2011
It was a lot of fun to see how much the girls have grown in just four months! (Aisha's been writing on masking tape — then she stuck the pieces onto her shirt.)

I have fond memories of having my growth noted when I was a child. Every time we arrived home from boarding school, my sisters and I engaged in a height-measuring ritual. We stood with our backs to the wall, and my mother held a book over the top of our heads to mark (with pencil) our new height. As a bratty little sister, I was just intent on catching up with my sisters’ heights — perhaps I’ve even surpassed them now, hmmm?

I wanted to make this fond ritual a new tradition for our family. Because we have given up living in our home and are committed to being mobile, we decided not to use a wall or doorway to mark the girls’ heights. Instead, David brought home a poster which he mounted onto a length of board. We have stored it in the shed and intend to mark the girls’ heights whenever we return to Queensland.

Aisha in front of the height measure, February 2011
Our height measure features Australian animals.

There are many options available for height charts — you don’t have to stick with kiddy cartoon characters. If I was a bit more crafty, perhaps I’d make something like this fabric growth chart.

Or you can always line your kids up in a doorway and mark off their heights. Easy, peasy, done.

Do you measure your children regularly?