Occassionly I have young families in the studio for family portraits. Today a family has just left the studio. Mom and Dad brought a 7 yr old daughter and a 2-1/2 yr old son. Can you see where I'm going?? The 2-1/2 year old boy was being a typical 2 year old. All he was interested in was running around the studio and see what he could get into. I have three 10 inch cube A-B-C letter blocks and some kids chairs. The blocks caught his attention for a little bit - then he was off again. We tried to use the "blocks" as props to get him interested and settled down. You probably already know it didn't work. Any attempt to get him settled and seated with Mom & Dad for pics brought out the squirming and crying. Finally, I suggested we call it quits. I suggested we reschedule a time more suited to his schedule (naps, eating and the like). I won't charge the couple for a 2nd sitting. I'm more interested in them telling their friends and family to come to my studio. So, my question(s) is what techniques are successfull for you when you work with kids like this? Do you use any special props for kids? I'd like to have more in my arsenal on their next visit. Any suggs??