The Full Plate Club

"The empty plate club," referring to kids who successfully clean their plates, sounds so sad.
"Full plate" sounds much more nurturing.

Not forcing food, not limiting quantities, not eating by the clock

True Tales of Kids Turning Down Sweets

Letting Go of the Controls
gently and gradually "just say yes"

A Tale of 3 lbs. of Chocolate

Kids choose their own foods in Candid Eating Moments

How it Balances Out

Halloween Candy gets Dusty

Sharing and Generosity

What about Dinner?

Longterm Problems with Controlling Food

Protein Ideas
for Picky Kids

Monkey Platters

Humor and Sweetness

Advantages of Eating in Peace

Health Food,

Research on Children's Eating Habits

Complaint and Response
Defense of unschoolers' knowledge of the value of choices

Karen James to her son Ethan: I'm going to the store. Do you want anything special?
Ethan, after a pause: Yeah. Lettuce.
Karen: Lettuce?
Ethan: Yeah, lettuce...and other good snack food like that.
Karen: Okay.

It was the issue of food that provided the epiphany for me to "get" what unschooling is about. When I realized that there are foods out there that make me gag, and I wouldn't want to have to finish them (or even put a bite in my mouth) the light dawned. Why do it to kids, if there's something that I refuse to eat?  —Heidi C.

The image above is "The Virgin of the Grapes," by Pierre Mignard, 1640s.
It's in the Louvre in Paris if you want to see it in person.
The other grapes (if you're seeing the background) were lifted from
SoHo/Bistro, from long-gone-now geocities

Building an unschooling nest

Peaceful families

Some posts about eating, at Just Add Light and Stir

other scenes with grapes

Connecting Food to History, Art, Music... Food Fun with no Clean-Up!