Taking photos of toddlers can seem like a challenge, but honestly is just different than taking photos of babies—who can barely move!

And if you have even older children, the same concepts you will learn in this lesson can be applied to them.

The main point I want you to take away is to let your children be themselves as you take photos of them.

Action Step:

Plan an activity that you know your child will love. For example, if your child loves to read, plan a day at the library. If they love animals plan a day at the zoo, or the aquarium.

And make that day a day where you can capture the things they love to do.

Keep your eye out for great light and beautiful backgrounds where you can capture those great photos. Remember it's all about making it fun.

Motherly's photography class lessons—

Lesson 1: Let there be light
Lesson 2: Background matters
Lesson 3: Styling your photos like a pro
Lesson 4: Get in the picture, mama!
Lesson 5: Action shots of baby, toddler + kids
Lesson 6: Edit those pics
Lesson 7: Backing up your photos
Lesson 8: Printing your photos
Lesson 9: Maternity photography mini-class
Lesson 10: Newborn photography mini-class
Lesson 11: Family photography mini-class

Raising a mentally strong kid doesn't mean he won't cry when he's sad or that he won't fail sometimes. Mental strength won't make your child immune to hardship—but it also won't cause him to suppress his emotions.

In fact, it's quite the opposite. Mental strength is what helps kids bounce back from setbacks. It gives them the strength to keep going, even when they're plagued with self-doubt. A strong mental muscle is the key to helping kids reach their greatest potential in life.

But raising a mentally strong kid requires parents to avoid the common yet unhealthy parenting practices that rob kids of mental strength. In my book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do, I identify 13 things to avoid if you want to raise a mentally strong kid equipped to tackle life's toughest challenges:

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