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“Listen, listen, listen, Linda!” Toddler argues with mom over cupcakes


“Listen, listen, listen, Linda. Honey!”

Words spoken by a three-year-old to his mother in an argument over cupcakes. It’s adorable to some, outrageous to others. See for yourself in the video below.

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  • Kathryn Hatley

    I am a mother. It is funny and cute to a point. But some people have a point. If she doesn’t put her foot down and teach him respect now she will have a wild child later. I have witnessed this with my sisters children. I love them but they do sometimes talk to her in a way they shouldn’t.

  • Human Relationships

    He is adorable, funny and cute. Boy is very communicable in any way possible, but I have to agree with most people,he is a little too much arguing with his mom. At some point he needs to stop talking and listening. That is the perfect age to start manipulating about everything and if mommy will let him have it once, he will get away with “murder” later. Every one has their rights and understandings in parenting, it’s a personal choice to each mom, but teaching kids what is right and wrong every mom is responsible. Depending on how good she explained him now, will lean to result on next generation. Kids need to respect their parents and be afraid of something( punishment, spanking, no TV, no toys, police officer, or G-D), without fear they will not behavior good and will not grow up Good Humans!


  • Char

    Ok people. I saw a few of the comments and y’all need to lighten up. Maybe it’s because I a a grandma now, but you all are missing the point…this kid needs to be on TV or in the movies or get his own comedy routine…something. He is as cute as a bug’s ear and funny, funny, funny. I am sure his momma disciplines him just fine. He is at the age..you know the age I am talking about..in between “Oh look, he went poo-poo again, isn’t that adorable? and OMG, my baby is starting kindergarden!!! What happened to the years?!?!” This is stuff that memories and future family reunion memory lane trips are made of for heavens sake…

      • tony

        Grandpa’s too! I am amazed that so many people without personal experience of their own, with their own children going bad , have so much to say. You can only point a child in the direction you would like for them to go, but after awhile they make their own choices. All a parent should do is make a child know how to be accountable for his or her actions and make decisions based on that.

  • Angela

    I would’ve found this cute if I didn’t work at a youth center for troubled and abused teens. Sad fact is, the behavior this three year old shows is almost identical to most of the boys in my apartment: Disrespectful, repeating themselves, talking down to you if you don’t see things their way, and not accepting an answer the first time given. I believe there are times and situations when arguing is necessary and should be encouraged; I’m just not sure eating junk food is one of them. In fact, I would love a follow-up video where she teaches him how to handle disappointment, rather than just arguing for the sake of arguing. It will be a lot less cute when he is fifteen and trying to talk his way out of bedtime and curfews.

  • StarvingArtStudent

    A swat on the bottom and a, “Do not talk back to me.” should be all it takes.
    He’s the larval stage of a control freak.
    No wonder ethnics think everybody else and the world owes them something.

  • lotusfullmoon

    I will add on, it is also interesting how adults communicate: lecture, mental abuse through attacking ones right to express themselves, physical abuse due to lack of patience, self control and lack of knowledge of how to keep the subject the topic of discussion due to one’s own abilities of focus, or co-communications where one learns to agree to disagree without feeling the need to be right nor validated…
    Through health communications, we learn about each other and ourselves. What is thought and how to expand past opposition, and onto agreeing to common ground of peace and respect. When one is denied this very basic innate right to express itself, we assisted in understanding the minds of others and why acts of violence, disruptions, chaos and crimes of various acts are committed. Every cause has an effect. We give medication, punishment and even refusals to acknowledge ones existence, when we refuse to allow everyone a voice, so that we all can learn more about each other. As well as, assist one another in the bigger picture, not just from one point of view.
    Tolerance comes to mind. What actually has he hurt? He’s speaking from his point of view, based off what he has learned from the adults in his life. If one doesn’t take the time to see, listen and communicate with him while he is young, how will he not grow up and think he can dis-obey authority? His mother and whoever she communicates with, has a very awakening about who calls her Linda, over talks her and then switches the subject to avoid her authority and right to set healthy boundaries for her.
    We must all learn to reason with openness to understanding the root of one another’s core foundations and protection mechanism without invoking fear to express verbally what is going on in the mind.

  • linda

    He will never be bullied…..future president. When kids live in a home with grandparents sometimes they call their parents first names to differentiate between the two……keep your negative comments to your dam selves

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  • Bibi Angola

    This little boy is just precious! He’s just adorable!!! I love the interaction that he is having with his mother! There is a lot of love in this video. When he says “honey” and “listen to me” I almost pass out! It’s true that I did not expect her to be his mom. But she’s a wonderful mom, I love the interaction! I don’t know how she kept a straight face and voice. He’s a little guy who wanted a cupcake and knew he was wrong but pleaded his case. Art Linkletter would have loved this video!

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  • Timothy Courtemanche

    That they do! And I would like to point out that not a single word of profanity came out of his mouth. He was cool, calm and collected. She we know that he is from good people who have a lot of respect for each other.
    I just hope that in 15 years, when he graduates high school, they can find a way to play this at graduation!

  • MHR

    So true!! She needs to do something about this now. I made this mistake and mine is 11 now. He is VERY argumentative. It is better to stop it in th “cute”, than wait until it is sooooo not cute anymore. The “Linda, listen, look it” HAS GOT TO STOP! Not cute!

  • MM

    I totally agree Paul. This child is obviously taught to have an opinion and to express his thoughts and desires. He is debating, he isn’t being disrespectful by going ahead eventhough she says no and he isn’t throwing a temper tantrum or hitting anyone. He is expressing himself in a healthy way. Maybe a bit of guidance on hearing another person’s side will be helpful with time, but I prefer his approach to many other kids I see in supermarkets, etc.

  • Carolyn

    Brenda, you get over yourself. He is being disrespectful to his mom. It isn’t adorable. I didn’t call my parents by their first names. He needs to be in timeout or a spanking. By the age of three he should know right from wrong. The mom of this child shouldn’t have put up with this for so long.

  • Tani Wyatt Daumas

    I am sure when you were 3 you did go through a phase and called your parents by their names. it is a natural part of growing up. Why can’t you just enjoy the video? I swear, why does everyone feel the need to critique everyone’s parenting? There is no “one size fits all” approach to parenting. You have seen 2 minutes of this child’s life. 2 minutes that show he seems to be a happy kid. He is not overtly rude and not at all aggressive. Thumbs up Linda!

  • Yvette

    He is three years old, and it is adorable. I’m sure when you were 3 you could not dispute like this with anyone. I give the boy props for keeping calm, trying to reason while showing example to his mom for what he was meaning to say, instead of kicking and screaming, like all other 3 years old do, which im sure you did.

    I called my mom by her first name, it was not any mean of disrespect, I love my mom, but at times it grabbed her attention quicker then mom would, more at serious times, or when i needed her attention right there and then.

    Also… ANY right person who has worked for kids long enough, will tell you: THAT A CHILD UNDER 8 YEARS OF AGE… DOES NOT KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG…unless they are being severely spanked! its takes a child 7 years of there life to learn right from wroing and to stick to it, and at times they may still forget. Only the careless parent and stubborn kids will do different on there own.Yet This kid is simply being a child and the mother is simply letting him be that child. So yeah, get over yourself!

  • Ginger

    He is not using her first name. Linda in spanish means beautiful. Why be so judgmental? It was a cute video by a Good Mom. Why do you think “your” way is the “only” way to go? I feel sorry for your children. You probably think spanking and severe punishment is a good thing. Lighten up.

  • Bianca

    You have absolutely no idea what goes on in this families home. So judgmental and negative. Please refrain from spreading negativity and unwanted and false forewarning on the internet and in life. Thank you.

  • Lisa

    This is hysterical. What a bright boy, and so verbal for three. That would be very tough to parent. 3 year olds are still repeating what they hear, he is using that to communicate. It is brilliant how the boy is repeating what he has heard to try and talk him mom into a cupcake. Cudos to the mom for being calm. I bet she knew he would do this and turned on the video. he needs to be an attorney or an interpreter one day with those amazing language skills at three years old. I bet he starts reading early too.

  • Laura strickland

    This child needs a good spanking for being disrespectful. I’m entitled to, my opinion on this so don’t tell me I’m taking this to seriously. His actions should never be celebrated by being on you tube.

  • Dotty Walkaway Falbo

    personally im seeing why our youth is completely disrespectful the number of people thinking its cute over ones who find this video appalling and a clear case of appalling. ALLOW him to disrespect and he is then given the choice to run YOU and then see what happens where he ends up with NO RESPECT….come on people the level of HOW CUTE is sickening i was raised on LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE AND GUESS WHAT IM HIGHLY RESPECTED AND RESPECTFUL IN MY COMMUNITY. ITS YES MA’AM and no SIR….even to this day…my child at 3 years old called me by my first name and it would of been a great lesson of how not to disrespect the elders…my 3 year old was just as highly intelligent yet did NOT interrupt me EVER nor did he EVER as a 19 year old address me as some other adult…you should all consider how ridiculous you all sound allowing this type of disrespect…wait till he hits school and interrupts a teacher…you gladly should all pat yourself on the back and take his repercussions for what you all thought was SO CUTE.

  • Billie

    i Still think he’s cute. AND IF I EVER NEED A GOOD LAWYER (ATTORNEY) and by the way Linda, this is GRANDMAS HOUSE. (what don’t you get about that? CASE CLOSED. NEXT! my son has DS and it would start wwlll if everyone knew what his pet name for me is. I luv it and i’m going to enjoy the last half of my life. I’m doing it myyyy waaaaay! fifty years from now it won’t amount to a hill of beans. Let the boy speak !!!!!!