A 30 month old child is full of surprises and humor. Reasoning with him may not be as much fun! After all, he views everything in simple terms. He still often confuses fantasy with reality unless he’s actively playing make-believe. Be sure to choose your words carefully: Comments that you think are funny or playful—such as “If you eat more cereal, you’ll explode”—actually may panic him, since he won’t know you’re joking.
The major intellectual limitation at this age is a toddler's feeling that everything that happens in his world is the result of something he has done. With a belief like this, it becomes very difficult for him to understand concepts as death, divorce, or illness, without feeling that he played some role in it. So if parents separate or a family member gets sick, children often feel responsible. It is important to understand this as life events occur.