Honestly? With ds, very spirited, strong willed and high-strung, I often fed him meals in the stroller or car. No judgments, please... For us, it was a matter of his refusal to eat at the table leading to low blood sugar and out-of-control behavior, further preventing any eating, etc. A nasty cycle. We needed to get protein into him however we could, to avoid the outbursts that would otherwise ensue. Once, a well-intentioned pediatrician informed me, "Healthy children won't starve themselves. Hold out, don't offer foods except at mealtime at the table, and he will eventually eat." Four days later, NO food whatsoever and only milk (he was three at the time) he was a hysterical, crying mess ALL day and I really thought he was literally going crazy. Anyway...sorry for the unnecessary details. I think that while the concept of a family dinner is valuable, as long as you and DH spend quality time talking and playing with your child daily, at this age nourishment without struggle is more important than the "family meal."