Just a little thing I've been noticing. Something to keep in your mind, I guess, if you find drawing kids difficult. I'll probably scrap this in a bit.
For a complete lesson, just watch some Miyazaki haha. Other than the obvious wonderful designs, I love how he handles children because he takes them really seriously. He knows that being a kid is rough and they feel things very intensely and truly, and it sucks when adults brush off their triumphs and trials as small potatoes, which we tend to do because we think our problems are more important. But I think children feel much more deeply than adults do, meaning they have the capacity to be much happier, and much sadder. Miyazaki is able to capture that whole spectrum.
Wow listen to me go haha anyway Happy New Year guys. I can't wait to bring it in painting!
<edit> also I want to head off some of my Internet Sarcasm Confusion at the pass. Mystery does not exist nor is he making fun of anyone in particular. We all have a few broody sexpot OCs around, right? </edit>