Ha ha. You obviously either don't have children or don't have a picky eater. Don't cast stones until you've been in our shoes! My son is a very picky eater. He eats hardly any of the things listed above. I give him what we eat. I rarely make him something else unless it's just something that really won't be eaten (e.g. if we have a very spicy dish). Many nights he will just go without dinner with no snacks, etc either.. Many times there isn't even the tantrum. I don't give him snacks before dinner either. IT'S JUST THE AGE. I've tried hiding vegetables in other foods, but my son (who used to eat everything) won't eat most fruits, veggies, and meats, so that's difficult. He will grow out of it. My guess is that when you "understood" that you had to eat what was served or go hungry, you were probably older than 2. Maybe your mother was lucky and you ate everything, but not every child is the same. Parents "complain" because they'd like to find more creative ways to make their picky eaters eat better, not because they are bad parents. You have some nerve!!!! I can only hope that one day you have a very difficult and picky eater type child. May you eat your words.