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11/26/2014 12:07 pm ET Updated Nov 26, 2014

The Greek Mom's Response To Picky Eaters

Parents of picky eaters know how hard it is to serve a meal. You could end up cooking five different foods until your kid finally takes a bite -- or simply refuse to succumb to the pleas of your child. But does that mean he or she just won't have dinner?

This Greek mama says, "Oh, they'll eat it."

Irina Ketsikoff, a full-time mom of two toddlers, told HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd that when she stopped making separate baby-friendly meals for her kids, she refused to indulge any picky-eating habits that are typical for young children.

Her policy is zero-tolerance: You don't like what I make, you don't eat.

"We don’t play this game because I haven’t heard of any …. toddler in the western world dying from hunger, so I‘m sure they’re not going to die from hunger," Ketsikoff said. "If they don’t eat today because they don’t like the food, they’ll eat tomorrow or they’ll have milk before they go to bed or somehow they will compliment their food needs."

She said she doesn't worry about this too much and just tells her children, "That’s what there is to eat, that’s what you’re going to eat. If you don't want it, just do something else, but there’s not going to be any other food on the table until the next meal."

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