Like vs love

“Dad,” says Isaac, “I don’t like you. I love you.”

I think I know what he means, insofar as he envisions a hierarchy where love is a far better form of like. But still, if I had to choose between being liked or loved by my child, I’d go with love every time. There are too many parents trying to be their child’s best friend, and not enough walking the harder road. Walk the hard road.


  1. Chris H

    Like is the emtional response to another person (their actions, attitudes, etc). Love is the conscious decision a person makes about their actions, attitudes, etc toward another person.

    As I prepare for marriage, it has been helpful to realise that I may not like her some days, but I’ll never stop loving her.

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