Three-year-old Mateo wanted cupcakes for dinner, and he wasn’t taking no for an answer.
In an adorable viral video, the tot pulls out all the stops as he makes his case — he doesn’t need to eat dinner because he already ate lunch. Therefore, he should be able to have the hidden cupcakes he found at his grandma’s house.
Mateo asked his mom, who said he couldn’t have the sweets until after he ate dinner. He then turned his attention to Gramma.
But Linda Beltran caught him trying to go behind her back and scolded him. Mateo tried to plead his case and Beltran recorded her son’s spunky response. The result was a hilarious video that has been viewed almost 370,000 times since Feb. 19.
The video may be a hit because of Mateo’s use of his mom’s first name in the indecipherable but impassioned argument.
“Linda, honey, honey, look at this,” he says at one point.
Beltran told the UberConference blog that she and her husband taught their children their first names after they found a lost boy at a theme park who couldn’t name his parents.
Mateo isn’t disrespectful, Beltran said, but he isn’t one to turn down the chance to engage in a healthy debate.
“I’ve always said Mateo is an old soul. The kid definitely keeps us on our toes and this video depicts him, well, accurately,” she said.