I was raised with dessert being a part of the evening meal. We didn’t have to clean our plates—ever—but we did have to take one bite of something we hadn’t tried before or didn’t like. That wasn’t about finishing our food, but about knowing what we liked and didn’t like, as well as nutrition. Dessert probably would not have been served to anyone who didn’t eat dinner, but that never happened, because Mother didn’t make a big deal. Raised my kids the same way.