Parents of toddlers will no doubt be able to relate to one mom’s viral “news video” detailing her son’s epic meltdown in the middle of an Olive Garden. Any parent who has ever felt the wrath of a toddler while trying to enjoy their unlimited salad and breadsticks with friends knows exactly how spot on this video is!
Kayla Sullivan, a former news anchor, and political reporter who nows works in PR filmed the funny video where she dubbed her son as a “2-year-old terrorist.” Sullivan donned her best news anchor outfit and delivered her report while holding a toy microphone. “Reporting live from outside my son’s bedroom where he is currently being detained until naptime is over,” she says to the camera. “Now this story does involve a minor so I can’t release specifics. But what I can confirm is my son is a 2-year-old terrorist who held me hostage at the Olive Garden earlier today.”
If that sounds familiar to you, you’re probably the parent of a toddler! “It’s important to note the friends I met there do not have children and likely never will after witnessing this situation first hand,” she continued. Sullivan adds that she thought she was fully prepared for a lunch date out with friends and her toddler, adding that “the proper precautions were taken” and noting she “brought my son’s favorite snacks and even risked judgment from other moms by bringing an iPad, but not even Cocomelon could have stopped this meltdown.” She then recalled how her son, who was demanding ‘chechup,’ threw a ketchup-covered fork on a well-meaning waitress. She then jokingly concluded her report saying, “You know, these toddler outbursts are becoming increasingly common, as more and more parents try out the new craze ‘gentle parenting’ and completely suck at it,” adding, “I’ll keep trying.”
She posted the video to Tik Tok with the caption, “Now accepting donations for babysitters & or take out!” Parents of toddlers everywhere can totally relate.
Sullivan’s funny parody has gone viral on Tik Tok with over 2.8 million likes and 36 thousand comments, with many writing just how relatable the entire video was. The former news anchor told Newsweek about the inspiration for the clip. “I kind of took pieces from different tantrums, he’s thrown in the past, and [it’s] something that he definitely has done. I do bring his favorite snacks, I do bring an iPad in public, and I do fear that people are judging me, you know, and a lot of times you have to take them out and bring them to the car because they’re being so bad, and he has screamed for ketchup,” she said. “Maybe not all of those things happened in that one incident but they’ve definitely happened before. So all of my facts were true, they just may not have happened in the order that I presented them in or in the exact same location or whatever. But I took things that he’s done, and I turned them into a news report.”
- 8 incredible tips to get a toddler to sleep quickly
- Typical toddler behavior or autism? Key differences
- 5 exercises experts swear by to help with speech delays in toddlers
- Night terrors in toddlers: Effective remedies you should try
- Is your toddler hitting others? What you can do to stop this bad behavior