We have been raised to eat together as one family, and seeing other families not doing the same makes me pity them for the strong hold of each other that they have been missing. The bond created during this short period is not enough but will suffice in guiding the children than none at all. During this time, exchange of whereabouts and advices are being passed from parents, children and siblings, both for learning and simply enjoying the company of one another.
Remember that your children will grow along with your guiding words and that they will never depart from them. So start early while they were mere vines, easy to trim, cut and guide through its growth than when they are already sturdy trees that have already built branches which are nearly unbendable and unbreakable.