So what happens when your kiddo gets hot? If you let your child go nude for a specific amount of time each day about 30 minutes after bathtime or an hour before her midday naphe may be less likely to take off all his clothes at other times. Gender roles are culturally derived. It's not a good idea to scold them when they touch themselves — this will only prompt a sense of guilt and shame. By age 2 or 3, a child starts to develop a sense of being a male or female. Start the process for potty training and see how it goes. Calmly explain why the joke is inappropriate, then tell a more kid-friendly one as an example of an appropriate joke that will still get some laughs.
If you find your preschooler playing doctor with another child around the same age, it's important not to overreact — to them it's just an innocent game.
Understanding Early Sexual Development
How you react — your voice, the words you use, your facial expressions — is one of your child's first lessons in sexuality. Tolerance and respect are learned behaviors. It also makes it more likely your child will use you as a resource for information and guidance. And many kids, especially toddlers, enjoy being naked. As kids become curious about everything, it's common for preschoolers to pose questions to their parents like "Where do babies come from? After a class trip to the zoo, the hot topic of conversation for a group of 9-year-olds is often the funny-looking mating behavior they witnessed between a pair of the zoo's creatures.