Your stepson should be examined by his PCP to rule out any possible medical conditions. Picky eating is a normal childhood hurdle. Consider setting rules to encourage him to eat healthy and reward him with a favorite treat. My step son knows that the rules are different in each home, he was very picky too. Now at 15, he eats a healthy variety. Keep us updated.
Many children go through a shy faze. My eldest son was shy and still is very quiet grown man. Because your daughter feels comfortable talking at home it just may take her time to begin talking in other situations.
Consider play dates in your home where she is comfortable.View Thread
Many viruses last longer than 2 weeks. Consider asking to see a specialist if her symptoms continue. Sometimes taking children off dairy for a few weeks will stop the mucus build up. Let us know what her doctor determines.View Thread
This weekend I am putting up our Christmas tree and decorating the house with my children. It is a tradition in my family to make a few kid craft ornaments. I found this link with some great ideas to get me started but could use a few more craft ornament ideas.