I do a lot of reading to provide content that not only shows my work but also tips that give helpful info to other budding photographers out there. This tip was taken partially from a list of photo tricks on Digital Camera World's Blog and partially from my own experience working with Children:
Great Photography Tip for the day:
Taking photos of kids is fun but challenging. Keep a portrait session with kids short and sweet. If it is a larger group, take photos with kids first. Play games with them: ask them of they can see their reflection in the front element of the lens is a good way to get some eye contact.
If there is room for them to run and play then I like to use a 50mm fixed lens so that I can catch them in there element but not be on top of them. I would love an 85mm lens for these types of shoots also but I am building my collection one lens at a time. I like fixed lenses better because you have more clarity and more control over the aperture.
Make the most of opportunities when they’re still for a moment, such as when they’re concentrating on a toy. Chat to them as you would with adults and once you’ve taken a few photos show them the results on the LCD screen, so that they feel involved.
And of course I can't resist posting a picture of my little honey with these tips!