Salma Hayek Pinault: Valentina Requested Name Change

05/19/2010 at 03:00 PM ET
Courtesy InStyle

When Salma Hayek tied the knot with François-Henri Pinault last year, taking her husband’s surname didn’t cross her mind. That is, until the couple’s 2½-year-old daughter Valentina Paloma noticed the difference!

“It was Valentina’s request,” Hayek Pinault reveals in InStyle‘s June issue.

While visiting with the actress on a movie set, the inquisitive toddler noticed the name written on the back of her mother’s chair — and was quick to question what she saw.

“She said, ‘What does it say there?’ And I said, ‘Salma Hayek,'” Hayek Pinault recalls.

“And she said, ‘What about Pinault? Why not Pinault?’ Because here [in France] people say, ‘Madame Pinault.'”

Typically a “private person,” Hayek Pinault, 43, felt the sudden urge to share her newfound love with the world and happily took her daughter’s wise words to heart.

“I said to myself, ‘This is who I am now. I’m starting a whole new life. Why shouldn’t I share it with the people who have been supporting me my whole career, who have been with me since the beginning?'” she notes. “I should let them in on the fact that I’m a different person, and a better person.”

– Anya Leon

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Nicole on

Good for her. I respect that women have the decision whether or not to take their husbands name or maintain their own – there are many valid reasons behind not changing your name. Not having children though, it must be easier for the child (and their caregivers, teachers, etc.) to have a mother have the same last name as the child.

Personally, should I have children, they will have their father’s name, and I will most likely take his name or hyphenate. It was hard growing up for my friends who did not have the same last name as their parent.

K on

Don’t know if I really believe this.

Luna on

For me, I took my husband’s last name because it went nicely with my first name and because I was raised pretty traditionally. I was taught that when you married, you and your husband became family and you take his last name. As I aged, I formed my own opinions, and I was going to hyphenate my last name, but as talk of children progressed, I realized how difficult it would be if I had a different last name than my children. I’m a teacher myself and I eventually just decided that I’d change my last name as I got married. Just my opinion. :)

izzy on

what is there not to believe? its not like salma said valentina read it herself. she asked what it said, salma answered, and valentina asked why it didn’t say pinault. why is it so hard to believe that this child is smart enough and advanced enough to ask such a question? she was just wondering where the “pinault” was.

jenny on

Seriously? The child is 2.5, I do not find this story believable at all. Why not just say “hey ive decided to add my husbands last name to my own” I simply cannot believe a 2 year old requested it.

Angela on

Her daughter must be a genius.

Elle on

K, I agree with you, do not really believe…
Anyway, my husband took my name as I wanted to keep mine and he thought it was nice to have ONE family name especially when there are kids involved. I was really surprised. So were his parents and they did not want to understand his reasons so that they did not attend our wedding in the end…

mommytoane on

How is this so hard to believe? Valentina is almost 3. At 2.5 my child could reconize her name, her alphabet, colors, color words, and many other words. Education and the knowledge to read is pushed into children at an early age. IMO its Kudo’s to Salma, for raising such a smart, well educated child, who isn’t afraid to question the things she finds intresting.

B.J. on

Elle – Wow, good for you and your hubby! I’m so sorry your in-laws couldn’t accept it. It’s so refreshing to see traditions being challenged!

April on

I find myself having a really hard time believing the stuff that Valentina is supposedly doing…I mean she’s a 2 year old, sorry 2 1/2 year old….there is no way that I really think she would notice this. There have been numerous other things that she supposedly does and it’s just so far fetched for a 2 1/2 year old….

Mrs. R on

Why is it hard to believe her daughter recognized that her mother’s name was different than something she was used to? Especially if people in France call her by her married name?
Violet Affleck also noticed her mother’s name was different when she was 3.

Laura on

I could easily see a 2.5 year old asking this question. HOWEVER maybe some of you (maybe not, I’m just guessing) are thinking that Valentina asked why in the sense like “Why don’t you have his name as your name Mommy?” wheras I see Valentina simply being confused why there is no “Pinault” on the chair. If she knows her mother is referred to as Madame Pinault then I could see why she’d be confused why her name is not written that way. That isnt to say that Valentina understands the concept that Salma didn’t take her husbands name. Of course a 2.5 year old might not be able to think it through THAT deeply. The Why question is more confusion than a deep thought of “Why didn’t you take his name mom?”

JMO on

I babysit a very very smart 2 yr old but even I would have a hard time believing he’d come up to me and question the spelling of a word!!
Not that I don’t believe Salma’s daughter is smart enough to say that to her but that’s quite inquisitive for a 2 1/2 year old!!!

Jenn on

I don’t believe it either.

lila on

i also dont believe a young child would have this perception of different names… to the point of asking her Why not Pineaut?… I think she could just see it would be different but to be bothered by it… ?? odd.

Nicole on

I’m sorry, but I have to agree that it isn’t unrealistic that her daughter recognized the change. Children can be at all different stages of development at that age. Good for her for raising such a bright young girl.

That said, I’m glad Salma felt no pressure to change her name before, and did it because she really thought about it.

Alice on

I think some of you didn’t understand it the same way as me. Valentina didn’t question the spelling or recognise any name, she just saw something on the chair and asked what it was.
At 2 1/2 you are able to notice if someone (or something in this case) calls your parent differently than usual! She wasn’t bothered she just asked why the difference. No need to be a genius ^^

maggie on

i thought the article was cute! man whenever salma says something on this blog people always have to be so negative

Manal on

Please never underestimate a child!! some children are born smart! i know a few!

Chris on

Maybe Valentina is just a precocious child. Cute story!

Brooke on

Nah – I don’t buy it either……No way.

Erin on

I mean this with a twinkle in my eye, but if I married Mr. Pinault, I’d take his name too! And hope that he always keep our bank account of the joint variety! (I’m joking, people!)

1003 on

My boyfriends son is 2.5 and i have sweatshirts that have my last name on the back and he has asked why i dont have the same last name as daddy. So its not that far fetched that she would notice that mom’s last name was different then hers and dads.

marina on

my sister asked at the age of three if there was a god, so I completely believe this. She isn’t saying that she read what it said and tell her mom to change it. She just asked where the Pinault was, I would have made the same question.

Not my mum or my both grandmas had take their husband’s names and I haven’t grow up being confuse, actually I never put much choice to it. I’m not planing on taking my boyfriend’s name when we get marry either, I love my name and it fit me perfectly. He wants to though but I think that his mother is on side on that battle! She didn’t change her name either! Anyway changing the name is a personal choice and like many other things there is no right and wrong answer :)

LP on

At 18 mos old my son recognized the alphabet (lower and upper case in any font). He just turned 3 years old and he can spell and read at least 20 words and asks all the time what something says, i.e. he recognizes that letters make up words. Maybe some kids are just smarter at certain things and not others (he is not that physically coordinated as other children his age). My son also questioned why my last name was different than his and my husband.

It is possible that her 2.5 year old did ask what was written on the back of her chair and questioned the name. All kids are different.

JC on

The people that don’t believe it or misreading the story entirely. It doesn’t say the kid said “Mom, I want you to go get a name change.” It says that she asked why she didn’t have the Pinault.

cgm on

I very much beleive it. Even before my son was 2 he spoke in complete sentences and understood spanish and english. So I was surprised when my second son didn’t talk til at least he was 3, so every baby is different.

jessicad on

It’s completely possible you guys, my daughter is her age and talks the same way, don’t be so harsh.

soph on

you doubters are weird. maybe your kids aren’t very smart/vocal, but that sounds perfectly believable for a child that is almost 3.

Paula on

Here in Brazil women also usually change their names or add their husband’s last name to their own. I didn’t change mine, I loooooove my name and I wanted to keep the name my parents gave me. Also, I don’t have to worry about my children names since here we put one surname from the mother and other from the father.

BTW, I think that the story Salma told is adorable and totaly believable – at 2.5, I myself could memorize small children books (some people thought I could read!) and asked a lot of questions. I don’t know Valentina, of course, but from what I read from Salma’s interviews she seems really articulated.

Momo on

I think it’s quite strange because she is Mexican and in hispanic countries women do not change their names upon marriage. She already is Salma Hayek Jimenez – I wonder if she dropped her maternal surname to add her husband’s or just uses “Hayek Pinault” professionally.

If she had followed the Spanish tradition with her daughter – naming her Valentina Pinault Hayek (or even Hayek Pinault, if she wanted her to fit better in France and America) – I don’t think the problem would have aroused. In way it’s a pity because she always comes across as someone who is proud of her culture and heritage.

Lisa on

i believe it! my neice asked why her mom’s last name was different from her mom’s and why my name was different from her mom’s all at the sweet age of 20 months! she started talking at 8 months ( 1st words were “thank you”) and by the time she was 18 months old, she knew her colors, the alphabet, could count to 15, and was well on her way to being fully potty trained. We think it’s because we would hold coversations with her as a little baby and we never used baby talk with her, so, yeah, I’m a big believer of Valentina being able to notice the name difference. Don’t sleep on your kids; they are way smarter than you think!

Crystal on

My niece knows all of our last names because we all have the same last name. If you teach your child their last name and your last name then they would notice a difference and Valentina did. This story isn’t far fetched at all and such a cute story. I do not know why so many people don’t believe the things she says. It’s like why?

electra on

Its not that hard to believe. The girl recognizes Pinault as a last name and Hayek to be a last name. She realizes that they differ. She doesn’t even have to know what it says, if she sees an ‘H’ where she anticipates a ‘P’ she’s going to see a discrepancy. Little children aren’t brain dead and she’s at an age where they CAN and do make connections even if they don’t know how to vocalize them.

Caitlin on

AGREED, JC.

Valentina said, “mom, please change your name.” Salma is known as “Madame Pinault” where they live. Valentina, unable to read, asked Salma to read her chair. She recognized that her mom’s name was not the same as hers, or what she thought her mother was known as. Granted Valentina may be a smart cookie but it doesn’t take a genius baby to ask such a question.

rb on

Salma’s interviews always have a story about Valentina and every story is centered around something that Valentina has said and it is always something very “advanced”.

It isn’t that I don’t believe her, but just like anyone in real life it gets annoying when people always talk about/talk about in a cute story how smart their kid is.

Lee on

I, personally do not believe in giving up your name if you marry.

Not all traditions should be continued.

But it is a personal choice, just not one i see the point of.

MW on

I can’t speak for Valentina, but I know when I was around 3, I was out with my dad and we ran into someone he hadn’t seen in years. The guy called him by his first name, which at that age had never registered to me before, and I said to him “Who’s Paul?” To me he was Daddy. When he picked me up at daycare, they called him Mr. W*****, but I had no idea who this Paul guy was LOL! Valentina’s question was probably something of that nature.

Jen DC on

Dang you guys are harsh!

2 yr olds (esp. those going on 3) are fuuuuuuuulll of questions. Why this, why that… If she recognizes her letters, then she most likely did notice that where there “should be” a P there instead was an H. And toddlers want their families to be one, recognizable thing – they are very linear in their thinking. It’s a developmental stage they all go through. It’s plausible that hearing that Salma’s last name was Hayek and recognizing that she and Papa’s was Pinault that she asked her mother to be Pinault too as a way of ordering her world, “fixing” it, so to speak. Mama and Papa are together, therefore their name should be the same. It’s a very simplistic thought pattern if you slow down and think about it from a kid’s POV instead of your adult, embittered one, jeez.

As far as Salma’s interviews and how she always talks about Valentina and how smart she is, think about this: Maybe she was asked to provide a cute story. Maybe she’s just one of those boring moms whose every thought is about her kid and she can’t help but share. Maybe, since we only get to read or hear about .0001% of Salma’s conversation/comments, the ratio of Valentina stories we get in comparison to what her friends, family and business associates hear is much higher. Also… It’s called “Celebrity Babies” at People.com. You don’t want to hear a celebrity brag about her genius kid, don’t come to the site.

laura on

She annoys me. I don’t have kids so it’s not because mine aren’t “very smart/vocal” (SOPH- that’s kind of rude for all the mothers that are on this blog). In MY OPINION, she gives off the vibe that she thinks she’s better than everyone and that her kid is smarter than everyone else’s with her 12 (sarcasm) languages and whatever.

Sam on

By the age of two most children can speak in 5-10 word sentences, and questioning the world around them is normal. I have worked with children for past 20 years and I have see some amazing 2.5 and 3 years not only questioning names, but ideas such as god, sun/moon, people’s skin/eye/hair color, why do dogs walk on all fours and can not speak. This is normal behavior for a child her age. Plus a really cute story she gets to tell her daughter when she grows up. As for the name change each to their own, I never took my husbands and our kids have both of our last names, and they like it that way. My daughter swears that when she gets married she will do what her best friends family. The friends family went from Bond/Wright to Black, both parents changed their names and the kids all go by Black. I wouldn’t do it but to them they were starting a family of their own and wanted a last name that was theirs and theirs alone. And it works for who they are. As long as you stay true to who you by doing what you feel is right for you then the rest should not matter.

ChiChi on

All I have to say is, there are a ton of haters on this page.

Leave Salma and Valentina alone, sheesh.

Persona on

She’s an actress. How would the kid know if that’s not her CHARACTER name vs. her real name? The story is exaggerated, and that’s fine.

Evie on

My children have my name. Not their father’s name. I thought;
I gave birth, I do more with my childeren and why always the husbands name automatically? We women have also rights to have credit.

TV on

I have a cousin that’s 2 years, 2 months old and I can definitely tell you he is far advanced for his age. Before he was even a year old he already knew quite a few words and was able to do sign language too. Now he has an extremely vast vocabulary and can carry on a conversation. The reason why is because his parents speak to him all the time and don’t treat him like he is still a baby. It is quite possible this is the same for Valentina and why she appears to be more advanced for her age.

Sandra on

To ALL of you who do not believe her story:

It is possible for a 2,5-3 year old to say this. Almost all of the children at this age I have worked with knew of this. So it sounds perfectly believale to me.

They know are lot more than people tend to give them credit for.

E on

Her kid is really cute, but she (the mother, not the kid) sure does like to brag a lot! Everyone thinks their kid is the cutest, the smartest, the quickest learner, the most creative, it’s normal, but I don’t understand why she doens’t understand that other people don’t feel the same way, they just think she’s bragging, which she is :)

E on

I just noticed the amount of comments stating “I believe her!!”, it’s not about believing it, it’s about the showing off, in a subtle way trying to casually let everyone know that “my daughter can already speak 100 languages, my daughter was able to read when she was 6 months old and walk at 4 months” (sarcasm). Nobody’s hating on Valentina, they’re hating on the showing off the mom does.

Cape Town Mum on

I have a 2yrs 2mnth old boy who’s talked quite well since before he was 2yrs. Many people have commented on his language ability. If you ask him his name he will actually reply by giving his name and surname. He just knows that’s his name and obviously doesnt distinguish first name/surname. All kids are different and excel in different areas.Just because your child wasnt speaking as well at that age dont assume its true for every child that age.

m-dot on

I think Valentina may have HEARD someone refer to her mom as Hayek, and asked about it. I don’t believe she read the name and noticed. Salma appears to be trying too hard. She changed her last name because she wanted to have his name.

h on

really think a 2 year old would say that? most 2 year olds don’t know their family name and for those who do know they simply don’t know what it means.

KiKi on

My husband hyphenated his last name, I kept mine, the kids carry mine.

My surname is so rare, no more than 25 persons in the world are said to carry it, – my husband’s surname is so usual, it is something like the 2nd most used surname in our country.

Besides, – that surname is me, – and marriage and children did not change that core ME I have been all my life.

Vix on

This sort of thing always fascinates me. If a celebrity or indeed another parent was ‘bragging’ that her child was brilliant at football/painting/climbing/singing, we’d just accept it. So why if someone tells a story about a child who can speak and understand things very well is that suddenly taboo? It is incredibly frustrating for parents of highly intelligent children to have to keep ‘apologising’ or ‘excusing’ them all the time – why can’t they just tell their stories and have them celebrated? I’ve spent most of my life apologising to people for being lucky to be intelligent and successful; the prospect of having to do the same on my daughter’s behalf if she is also advanced is not appealing. It’s not like saying your child is bright so he/she is therefore better than other people, they are just good at that particular thing.

Annie on

I was reading at 3. Honestly, every child is different, and just because your child would be unable to do this doesn’t mean every other child in the world is unable. And, my nephew knew his first and last name by 2 and, upon inquiry, noticed that my last name was different.

Sarah K. on

“I don’t believe she read the name and noticed.”

Well, I don’t believe that you actually read the article. Salma clearly states that Valentina ASKED her what the writing said. The child did not read it herself. And a two year old is smart enough to know what her mother’s name is. So, when the name her mother read off to her didn’t match what Valentina knew to be her mother’s name she asked why. Perfectly normal for a toddler to notice a difference in things and ask questions about it.

Vix, I agree. It’s not like Salma said “My child is smarter and better than yours!” She was probably asked about the name change so she explained how it happened. Too bad if you don’t like it.

I’d like to meet one mother out there who doesn’t brag about their child. If it’s not intelligence, it’s athletic ability, or artistic ability, etc. If you don’t want to hear about what babies do, maybe this isn’t the site for you.

LP on

@ Vix — I totally agree! I wish their were more parents like you. First some posters don’t believe what Salma said and now they consider it bragging. Can’t win! I know kids who speak multi languages, spoke in full sentences before 2 years old, potty trained by 18 mos. So what! I don’t go about my day looking for opportunities to brag about my child; however, if your child is clever/smart why can’t you tell stories about the funny/interesting things they do and say. Honestly, I have been on play dates or on the playground and my son asks a question, reads a word, counts, etc. and their is always one parent who is threatened! I have been accused of drilling him on letters, etc. I don’t get upset when my son can’t play ball, ride a bike or climb as well as other 3/4 year olds (he didn’t start walking until 15 months and I had to listen to people tell me I should see a doctor about that LOL). He will learn eventually, just like every kid! I will probably raise Bill Gates, not Michael Jordan, so what! I’m not going to hold my kid back to make some other parent feel better about the fact that their kid doesn’t know the alphabet. Be proud of your kids individual achievements.

jessicad on

I agree with Vix, and I always get looks when new people hear my daughter talk or tell them how old she is. She’s a small 2 1/2 year old but she speaks in complete sentences on a 4 year old level, she goes as high as 12-14 word sentences and she knows well over 1,000 words. I try my best not to come off as bragging, because I really don’t think I had much to do with her being so smart, just pure luck:)

That’s why I always want to defend Salma, because I know what she’s saying could easily be true. Every child is different and advances at their own pace, you shouldn’t judge so harshly or accuse her of lying.

Dominique on

Luna, you said “…realized how difficult it would be if I had a different last name than my children”

I am honestly curious, how would it be difficult? I’m in Quebec and for 30 years now, women keep their surnmane when marrying – my children have my husband’s name and I honestly fail to see how this can be difficult.

stacy on

Nicole (message #1)

I’ll have been married 20 years this summer and I never took my husband’s last name. Our child is adopted, has his father’s last name and looks nothing like me — and yet I have never found any one who was confused out our relationship to one another.

Alice on

Vix, thanks for your post! LP – couldn’t agree more. I was like your son but people were never rude to my mom.

Salma’s stories are no different from any other kid story that is on this site, like Tina Fey’s daughter Alice saying she is paid to dance at parties. This one, everyone finds it funny (me included)! Salma is simply telling a story and especially in this particular one, there is no bragging at all she doesn’t say that Valentina reads or anything, just that she asks questions. If that’s bragging to you you’ve never been around kids. She seems to raise Valentina in a way that stimulates her learning, good for her.

dianecatherine on

I’ve read a few stories about Salma in regards to Valentina. She definitely is proud (verging on bragging) and I do think she embellishes the stories a little….oh well.

Suzanne on

You know, if you read biographies of some of these kings and queens from centuries ago (such as Edward II, Edward III, Henry V, Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, Elizabeth I), they are learning lots of languages, and even studying the classics and theology at incredibly young ages. I don’t really feel anything Salma has said about Valentina has been all that unlikely.

Also, I only think a parent can be bragging about their child if they are being smug or unnecessarily mentioning their children’s advances in the face of another parent talking about their child’s achievements (for example, when one parent is talking about how Timmy is just a natural at tee ball and blah blah blah, so the other parent immediately starts talking about how Suzie does x,y,z amazingly and a game of “one up’s manship” ensues.)

Megan on

Yeah…I was thinking, man, my daughters a moron! She was born the exact same month as Salma Hyak’s daughter and would not even notice words on my chairs, etc; Glad I read the comments…appears my Carys isn’t alone, but more the norm!

Connie on

To Momo on why the mix on Salma’s last name’s…
here in mexico kids are given the father’s last name and the mother’s last name (Salma’s dad is Hayek, her mom’s is Jiménez)… when a girl marries a boy she keeps both her last names, but she can add her husband’s to point out she is the wife (thus Salma Hayek Pinault).. not that it makes a big difference, though.
Culturally speaking, it’s not amusing at all (at least for us mexicans) she added the Pinault to her name, because we are used to see this all the time.

K on

@Izzy…You act like I insulted your child! I simply do not believe this article and other posters do not as well. I’m entitled to my opinion and will continue to express it as I see fit.

sarah on

It is very plausible to me that her daughter first would ask this question, and second would understand the last name issue. both of my sons asked all the time what words said long before they could read. also as soon as they were talking well we taught them their complete names in case they got lost. we also taught them our complete names since if they were lost or needed help knowing my name was mama would not be very helpful. kids are much smarter than many people give them credit for. and they are usually paying a lot more attention than a lot of adults think they are. for a child who is a big talker and gets spoken too in a regular way — versus baby talk– this seems to make a lot of sense. she is a multi-lingual child so obviously she has some strong verbal and thinking skills.

Lila on

I am amazed at how many people commented on an article that they apparently didn’t even read properly.

I don’t know what is so hard to believe about it. I think it’s a cute story and definitely believable.

Sasha on

I don’t believe her…live with it! LOL

Anna on

Wow some of you people must spend time around children who are slow because I think her story sounds completely believable. Any 2 1/2 year old who isn’t developmentally delayed and whose parents talk to them on a regular basis should be able to understand the concept of different last names. Just because your children are developmentally behind is no reason to call someone else a liar.

Niko on

I think Salma Hayek has the tendency to exaggerate—her 2 year old daughter already speaking English, French and Spanish. Now, ay 2.5 years old, she suggests her mother take her father’s last name. I smell…I smell BULL****!

Gianna on

Who’s body is her head photoshopped on to? That doesn’t look like her at all..

Nicole R. on

My son Isaac first heard his surname at 22 months. It’s a long one — it’s hyphenated, combining the different surnames of my husband and myself. When Isaac heard it he realized that each of us had given him our surnames, because he said this:

“Both names,” Isaac said.

“Yes,” we told him. “We gave you both of our last names — Mama’s name and Dad’s name.”

“Good idea,” Isaac said. “Thank you, Mama and Dad.”

– – – – –

It must be true, because I blogged about it at the time!

http://takingcareofbaby.blogspot.com/2007/07/names-last-and-otherwise.html

CelebBabyLover on

Niko- Obviously you didn’t read the article. Valentina didn’t actually suggest that Salma take Francios’s name. Rather, she simply asked why the chair said Hayek and not Pinault! :) And for the record, some 2 year olds CAN speak multiple languages! :)

CelebBabyLover on

Now that I’ve got that off my chest….I agree with the posters who say that this story is totally believable, and that all children develope at different rates! :)

MiB on

You guys would have hated my mother! I was an early talker, and since my parents have different mother toungues and prefered to communicate in english between themselves and in their mother toungues with me, and since we lived in yet another country with another language I actually spoke 2-3 word sentences in 4 languages when i turned 1! (My mother wrote down the words I could say on my first birthday, and it was 100 words in four languages.) On the other hand, I didn’t learn to walk until I was 16 months old. My brother could walk at the age of 1 but didn’t say anything but mama and papa until he was about 18 months. Point is, every child is different, so just because you don’t know any children who would talk like that, doesn’t mean that it can’t be true. What is Salma to do? Downplay everything just to satisfy her audience? I agree with those who said that Salma probably was asked why she changed her name, and answered the question truthfully.

IrieCoco on

*Sigh* It makes me laugh ( with sadness) when I see how jealous and hateful women are of each other. If my kid read multiple languages you’d better believe I would be proud to say that. The Pinaults have an envious life so, I get it I guess…you too would like to be married to a billionaire, be a successful business woman, drop dead gorgeous and have a smart kid, no? Still, I started reading at 3 but could tell differences in writing before then. Memorization is how most kids learn how to read so noticing differences is part of that.

brannon on

I was so excited to read a debate about name changing and sur names – keeping my own (my son and I have same name) but love Elle and Evie’s stories! – but was shocked that all of the comments were questioning the story. So weird. I have been trying to have very philosophical debates with my 3 year old about ‘heaven’ as he has suddenly been asking…that is until the other day (3 weeks later) I figured out what he really wanted to go see was Kevin – the bird from Up. Relax people.

Cynthia R. on

Yeah right, I’m not buying that daughter bit about the last name. Trust me, when my twins where 2 1/2 the only name they were worried about was “Mommy”.

nets on

I totally believe the story about Valentina– a kid can even ask that question before turning 2. Still, I doubt Salma appended her last name based solely because her daughter asked. Not to sound cynical, but keep in mind that her husband is François-Henri Pinault, the CEO of PPR (the holding company for Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, etc.). I doubt she would’ve changed her name to, say, Hayek Federline. There are probably several other personal and professional reasons for her to do this name change besides Valentina’s request.

CelebBabyLover on

Cynthia R.- Kids that age can and do know more names than just “mommy”. My mother is a perfect example of that. When she was around Valentina’s age, she made it perfectly clear that she knew her mother’s first name…..By going through a phase where her mother’s first name was the only name she called her!

Most of my grandmother’s friends, from what my grandmother has said, were absolutely horrifed by that…..But my grandmother actually thought it was cute. After all, as she puts it, my mom obviously heard everyone else call her by her first name…..so, by 2-year-old logic, why shouldn’t she (my mom) also call her mom by that name? My grandmother also knew it was just a phase and that it would pass….which it did. :)

My point is that kids Valentina’s age are definitely capable of being aware of their parents first and last names. :)

Nae on

Wow some people really have issues. Just because your child couldn’t string two words together at that age doesn’t mean other children can’t carry on perfectly intelligent conversations at the age of two. I’ve had a two year old at church ask me why I have my ears pierced twice because her mommy and the other women at church only have one hole why do i need two? Some kids at that age are just really observant and are beginning to reason and rationalize.

Rebecca on

I believe it. Some children are really vocal and have a strong sense of self. My 2 1/2 year old won’t let anyone call her anything other than her name. You say, “Hey Princess!” and she’ll say, “I’m not Princess! I’m Lana!” She knows my name is Rebecca, knows our last name (she’ll say her full name) and I’m sure if I went by a different last name, she’d notice it. My older daughter wouldn’t have at that age. Kids are all different.

isa on

how is it not believable. My little cousin is 2 and already knows the alphabet and is able to recognize words.

A lot of people’s children here must be stupid, or they were either stupid when they were small to not be able to believe this. lol america……..

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