I am new to unschooling and am enjoying the path so far. I use to be very controlling on food. Three meals a day, what ever I want you to eat, a snack if your really really hungry, clean plate type momma. I am doing my best to let go of those ideas and habits and create a free home where they are free to get food at their own choosing and eat what they want. Our food budge it very tight right now so I don't have extra to spend on the snack type foods they would enjoy. So what I did last time I went to the store I picked up animal crackers and chips. I informed them that can eat what they like but when it is gone it is gone. I can't just go get more till next pay day. Then today I got the idea to put different type snack stuff in baggies to keep in pantry and one shelve in the fridge and allow them to get a baggie of whatever when they get hungry. I want them to eat when they want and what they want. So my question is this. (My kids are 9, almost 8 and 2 by the way) My middle who will be 8 next week has been eating several of these bags and acts like he is starving to death. Is this normal? Will he even out and back off a little. I don't want to restrict him but I can't fulfill this need if he is eating everything in site. I am guessing because I was so controlling he is now taking advantage, in case I change my mind? Do you go through this and is there anything I can do to help the transition go good?
Also I would like tips on types of food that can be cut and bagged either pantry or fringe. So they have great choices. Here is what I was thinking so far:
pickles (my kids love pickles, don't ask)
maybe some fresh fruit of some kind
I do want to include something sweet like cookies maybe, just so they have that option. I am taking this to far, is this a good idea?
Thank you for your help