I seem to vaguely remember something like this being discussed several years ago, but some recent questions I've had leads me to bring up this subject again. In short: How do you handle writing child characters into your stories? Over the years I've read more than a few fics that include, or are centered around, young characters. Naturally no two authors handle children the same way and I've seen pretty much everything from annoyingly cute to astoundingly precocious. For the record I've never written a fanfic that has a child character and I don't have any plans to. My worry is that I'll either over-do it and overuse the character, basically ending up with an adult character in the body of a child, or that I'll find nothing for the character to do and the character will just end up being a bit of scenery. (Basically I would suck at writing a children's book) So for those who do write stories with child characters, what's your secret? Or for those who've read such stories, what was it about the way the author handled the character that impressed you?