This is a common misperception…that unconditional love and boundaries/standards are mutually exclusive!!
Unconditional love means you love someone the way they are. This does NOT mean you have to be in relationship with them.
Its kind of like loving dairy but not eating it because it causes you ill effects. You can love it but not consume it.
Having boundaries and standards of the way you wish to be treated in a particular relationship is a structure you design and you love people unconditionally within that structure. For instance, you might love your husband and your child unconditionally but because they are different relationship structures you love very differently, right?
Same thing with other relatives. Each relationship has its own structure, but the basis (if you love yourself) will be one of respect, integrity and honesty.
You don’t need to, in fact, you should never, accept just any old treatment from someone and call that loving them! That is not love, that is codependence.
You can love someone unconditionally but if they cannot maintain a healthy dynamic with you, you can choose not to be in relationship with them.
Does that make sense?
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