Both step children refuse to speak to me unless I speak to them
Advice please! I know I am probably more fortunate than most in that my step kids are not outright hostile or rude, but unless I speak to them, they will not speak to me. Some days I do not mind the effort of trying to engage them, but other days I am just tired, not in the mood, whatever. They will only speak to their father at the dinner table. If I ask them something they will answer me. It's exhausting after awhile to continually try to engage them.
For those of you that deal with this type of situation do you have days where you make the effort and days where you cannot be bothered. On the cannot be bothered days, do you sit there in silence or excuse yourself?
Any thoughts would be most appreciated as I am tired of keeping the conversation rolling. They are both teenagers, so I get the quiet and moody bit, but they literally will not speak to me unless spoken to me. It feels very odd.