Little kids know their parents as mommy and daddy, but there’s definitely a case for teaching children their parents’ first names.
The Beltrans realized that their children didn’t know mom and dad’s first names, so they decided to teach the kids in case there was an emergency situation that warranted this information. They never expected it to backfire on them, however.
Armed with his parents’ first names, little Mateo didn’t reserve this detail for an emergency, rather he figured out that it’s a powerful way to get his parents’ attention.
Or rather, when they aren’t paying attention, Mateo calls them out by their first names to make sure they’re dialed in to what he’s saying. This information has become a powerful tool for their little boy, who would have guessed it!
The Beltrans captured some of Mateo’s debate techniques in a hilarious video that really shows just how impactful it is to address your parents by their given names and not as Mommy or Daddy.
Mateo kicks it off with a plea to “listen to me, listen to me.” He makes his case, as little kids try to do, but mom explains why she has to yell at him. And then, Mateo brings some big boy bargaining techniques to the table – the first name.
He argues, “Okay, Linda, listen, listen,” as he puts his hands up in a decidedly adult gesture. He continues, “Listen, listen, Linda…everything you do at this house, you can’t touch anything at Grandma’s house.”
Mom counters, “then you’re not listening to me,” and he cutely responds, “and you’re not listening to me.” When she tries to explain, “I asked you not to do something,” he’s quick to interject, “listen to me,” and continues to explain his point of view.
Mom is firm with her viewpoint, however, noting, “Okay, but I’m letting you know…” before he again tries to argue his view, using her first name multiple times to make his point.
Is mom going to win this argument? She certainly has her work cut out for her.
She finally gets his attention, saying, “I said no cupcakes and you try to get cupcakes and you try to ask grandma, didn’t you?” He continues to argue over whether a spanking is necessary over the cupcake incident, adding this gem (hands on hips and the sweetest plea): “But Linda, honey, honey, look at, look at this,” as he makes one last ditch to win mom over.
Nope. Mom isn’t having it, explaining, “I’m just letting you know you cannot have cupcakes for dinner.” And finally, she adds, “I’m done arguing with you. You need to listen to the things that I say because I’m the mom and I’m the adult.”
You think Mateo is done with the fight though? Nope, he’s still talking when the video ends!
It seems people viewing the video on YouTube weren’t all won over with Mateo’s debate tactics, however, with some commenting that the little boy was disrespectful to his mother.
Linda had the perfect response: “This video was intended to make you laugh and not be so serious. So please there is no need to go back and forth and get your feathers ruffled. If you do not like the video simply move on and continue on your day. If this video made you smile or laugh well then I succeeded. Oh and Believe me my boys know who MOM is and who rules! Live and Let Live, Have a wonderful day.”