Parenting Tips for Your 35-36 Month Old Toddler
Toddlers begin to understand gender when they are around 2 ½ to 3 years old. At this time, toddlers begin to notice that there are differences between boys and girls. Being interested in these differences is normal. It is common for toddlers of this age to show each other their private parts or genitals or to ask their friends to show theirs.
It is important to know that this is the same curiosity your toddler has for other things he is learning about in his world. Try not to react with shock if you catch your toddler showing his genitals or looking at a friend’s. Reacting harshly can cause your toddler to feel shameful. Instead, calmly tell your toddler that his genitals are kept private. Help him and his friend move on to a different activity.