We learn how to politely decline and also how to move the food around so we look like we have eaten more than we have.
At the table is where we learn how to speak to one another. Have a conversation with someone. Rather than shouting down one another, we can learn to listen and take turns. Everyone has to eat their food so we all get a turn to speak.
Dinner time is a special time. Something worth holding on to. Even if the kids don't like it, they still have to try the food. One bite per year old. They can say either Thank you for making dinner or this is the best thing I ever ate. Manners matter.
So hold onto dinner as often as you can. It will be worth it!