The kids do not always act it, but they like the ritual of sitting down together for dinner. If we don't sit together, Sarah Graves asks why we aren't having family dinner.
Most dinners are served family style and include a food item that the kids will eat (often that is buttered pasta, garlic toast, or yogurt). We also serve the treat as part of the meal and the kids can eat it whenever they choose. When they ask to get up, my one question is if they got enough to have a full tummy. They pretty much always say yes, but I feel like I did my part!