I remember when I was a young child, we ate dinner around the dining table sometimes, but that was usually when my grandparents were visiting. Other times, my siblings and I sat at the kitchen counter. There were bread-boards that pulled out and we had three stools to sit on. I do remember one time my mother let my sister and I eat at our play table with toy dishes and pots and pans.
When we got older and moved to a new house, there was no eating area in the kitchen, but it didn’t matter since the three of us were teenagers and tended to eat on the run anyway. The only time we all sat around the dining room table was for special occasions and when we had company.
When my kids were little we almost always ate dinner at the dining room table. Eating in front of the TV was occasionally allowed
Fast forward fifty years, and I am now retired. We eat while sitting in our recliners and watching TV. Probably not the healthiest thing to do, but it works for me.
Occasionally, we decide to make mealtime a little more special and sit at the dining room table to eat.