Something about getting the new lights has made my eldest daughter Charli beg me to take photos of her which suits me as she is a natural in front of the camera and it gives me a chance to figure it all out trial and error style. Plus she has this amazing creative streak at almost 5 years old (I can't imagine where life will take her). All I hear is "Take a photo of me mummy!" all day long. The only down side is the mess but it's worth it if she is loving it! Perhaps she is my "enabler" for this photography obsession haha.
I once heard someone say when photographing kids have a "Dress up" or "prop box" and let them do their thing in front of the camera. This works well for me so far and I can't wait to organize props into old suitcases to fit different themes. I think this way kids can choose what they like and it will still go with the theme.