They say “love sets no boundaries. I used to believe that until I fell in love myself. And guess what I discovered: True Love Always Sets Boundaries.
“You can eat the fruit of all the trees in the garden, but not this one.”
“You can play in the front yard where I can see you, but not on the main street.”
“You can watch cartoons for an hour, but not all day long.”
“You can drive this car to town, but you cannot speed.”
“You can hang out with all your friends, but not this jerk.”
You get my point?
Sometimes though, the very people you love and are trying to protect will come back and say “But I thought you trust me. I thought you love me unconditionally.”
When they do, you should say: “Well, honey, actually I do love you unconditionally and with that comes the part where I keep you from RUINING YOUR FUTURE or KILLING YOURSELF. It means I’ll happily bear all your shortcomings if I have to, but I will not tolerate your crap.”