Any suggestions or guides that show ideas for learning how to take better pictures (aka learning how to use lighting, angles, etc) while getting better family pictures with a toddler?

Lots of photography guides/tutorials seem to focus on newborn/infant photography or older kid photography. I feel like I'm having trouble because she can't sit still and can't understand commands. I'm thinking maybe a remote shutter release might help so I can pose her and snap the shot?