This is what we call dinnertime in my house. It makes many people cringe I know, but we're not a very formal family and even sitting with all of us at the table together is nothing short of a miracle. But we're trying this whole 'family togetherness over dinner' shtick, and it's actually pretty awesome. However, with a 1 year old and a 3 year old, you have to allow some room for interpretation.
Which, first and foremost, means we do not serve pasta and parmsesan cheese. We serve caterpillars and cheese, and we eat it out of a communal big blue bowl with steamed brocolli on the side. No plates necessary.