Talk about cupcake wars! When Linda Beltran posted a video of her 3-year-old son arguing with her over the merits of eating cupcakes for dinner, reaction was mixed. Since then, the video has garnered over 2 million views on YouTube and has created such a heated parenting debate that comments for the viral video have been disabled.
In the 2 ½ minute clip, the preschooler states his case as to why he should be allowed to have cupcakes for dinner, and then tries to explain why he went over his mom’s head to Grandma. He references someone named Kevin a few times and firmly instructs mom to “listen.” When the child’s mother attempts to reprimand him, he calls her “Linda” repeatedly. At one point the tot even tries to reason with her by saying, “Linda, honey.”
You can see the video here.
On a blog for Uberconference, proud mom and customer support rep Beltran answered several burning questions surrounding the video. Like, why does her son call her by her first name? And who the heck is Kevin?
The boy in the video, 3-year-old Mateo (Kevin is his kid brother, by the way) is described by his mom as “an old soul.” And apparently these debates are a common occurrence in the family’s household.
According to Beltran: “If Mateo feels the need and has a valid argument, he will be sure to voice it. He felt he didn’t need to eat dinner since he already had lunch, and that cupcakes were a suitable compromise.”
If you’re wondering why the 3-year-old calls his mother “Linda” throughout the video, well, it’s because she made a point of teaching him her name after the family came across a lost child at a theme park who didn’t know his parents’ names.
“We didn’t want [our kids] to ever be in the same situation and not know our names, so we taught them, and they quickly learned. This made Mateo feel a little empowered,” Beltran revealed. “For the most part we are still Mommy and Daddy, but when he is serious and wants to make sure we are paying attention, we quickly become Linda and Kenneth.”
The proud mom also reiterated that her son isn’t being disrespectful in the video: “In an effort to raise independent young adults, we let our children have a voice,” she said. “The boys know when mom is serious and when they can engage in some healthy debate. In an effort to raise my kids with a voice, I pick my battles and sometimes let them feel like they’ve won…or at least give them the chance to try.”
Of course, not everyone agrees that the video is cute or empowering. On Jezebel, several participants slammed mama for debating with the precocious preschooler instead of putting him in time-out, and the clip has caused a parenting firestorm on various social media sites.
What do you think? Too cute or totally obnoxious?