Video: Meet Mateo, the ultimate debater

If this little guy keeps up his debating, he may well earn himself a place in politics.

Linda Beltran posted a video of her son, three-year-old Mateo, arguing with her on YouTube last month. It has since gone viral, with more than 2,500,00 views - and now there's a possible visit to the The Ellen DeGeneres Show on the cards for the mini negotiator and his mum. 

Linda and her sons Mateo and Kevin ('PaPas') were at the kids' grandma's house when Mateo decided he wanted cupcakes instead of a normal dinner. Perhaps unsurprisingly, his mum said no - and that's where the debate began. 

Linda said in a blog post on UberConference that she grabbed her phone to start filming, thinking, “Let’s see where this goes.”

"Gramma and I had to keep a straight face. The end result was the video. He was unaware the camera was on as I was pretending to ignore him and be busy with the phone," she explained.

Adding a little extra sass, Mateo uses his mother's first name to speak to her in the clip. Linda says he was recently taught his parent's given names after a visit to a theme park, when the family came across a lost child who couldn't tell anyone who his parents were; wanting to avoid a similar situation with their own children in future, Linda and her husband Kenneth taught him their names. 

“For the most part we are still Mummy and Daddy, but when he is serious and wants to make sure we are paying attention, we quickly become Linda and Kenneth,” Linda said. 

For those concerned that the young boy has the upper hand in the relationship with his mum, Linda said it couldn't be further from the truth. 


"I want everyone to know that he isn’t disrespectful," she said. "In an effort to raise independent young adults, we let our children have a voice.

"The arguing started way before Mateo could talk – he would let us know he didn’t like certain shoes or clothes with his baby blabber. Mateo has his own spunk and is becoming his own little person. I love that about him.

"The boys know when Mum 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."

- Melanie Mahoney and Melody McCabe