Your toddler is 34 months old!
This month your toddler is starting to become more social. Every month his talking and comprehension skills advance a little further so that he can communicate not just with you but also with other children. Some children this age have the ability to recognise when they are speaking to a younger child, and slow down what they are saying. Encourage your child’s socialising by praising him when he plays nicely or shares a toy. He may even become attached to one other child he prefers and some children create imaginary friends at this age. Developmentally, this is all completely normal and your child is one step closer to being a social little being.
As your child becomes more used (and hopefully less aggressive) towards other children it might be a good idea to introduce the idea of sharing. Some children with older or younger siblings may be familiar with sharing already (and if you have twins they definitely will do) but it is not always as easy once he is with another child who is looking through his toy box. The problem stems from the fact that many toddlers don’t understand that something being taken away isn’t permanent, so when another child plays with his toys, he thinks it will be gone forever. If you can get your child to share successfully it can mark the start of a whole new phase of developing sensitivity and respect for others, and will make your toddler a happier and more responsible little person.
Your child’s memories are starting to develop and he will love to hear all about himself. Showing him pictures of when he was a born, pointing out family members and telling him how happy you were when you first met him, will boost his sense of self and his self-esteem. Show him pictures of his first birthday and second birthday. Also, encourage him to think about his third birthday, which is fast approaching. If you traced his feet when he was little or painted handprints, put his hands and feet against them now to show him how big he has grown. Draw around his hands and feet again and tell him you will look back in a year to see how much more he has grown. Consider making a height chart for his room so he can help plot how tall he gets from month to month.
This month your toddler is not too young to understand the concept of being tidy. You can teach him to put away his toys, or not to take all the toys out of the toy box, just the one he wants to play with. You can include him in simple chores such as sorting though the washing and loading it into the machine (but remember the washing machine can be a hazard if your child were to get in, so fit a lock or explain he is not allowed near it unless you are with him). He can help you to sweep the floor or help to prepare easy parts of a meal. Making a cake remains a firm favourite with most children, if not just for licking the bowl at the end!