My approach when documenting families is the same as weddings. I don't see your session as a styled photoshoot.
I won't turn up with blankets and balloons and ask you to wear pretty dresses. I want to document you and yours exactly as you are and the way you interact with each other. Like all sessions we will start out a little stiff, but soon enough everyone will drop their guard and I will be able to see the real you and capture this for you.
I find choosing a location where you and your family are most comfortable works best, this includes photographing you in your own home, or heading out on a little adventure with you to your favourite park or pizza shop. Honestly I'm not there to do a styled shoot of your house, it doesn't matter what your house looks like, it doesn't even matter if you live in a tent.