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Kim # Posted on August 27, 2012 at 9:11 am

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and have read most of the replies.

I understand why some people may feel like they’re ‘forced’ to love their family. Even as kids, we’re taught to say ‘I love you’ to our parents and siblings. Also, we’re made by our parents to play nice and love/care for our siblings. In that sense, it could be understood that we’re made to care for people we may not necessarily like or get along with. However, I do believe that you can GROW to love a family member in much the same way we may grow to love our significant others. Disregarding the ‘love at first sight’ idea, you grow to love your significant other after you get to know them, experience things with them, etc. I think that the same could happen with family members. At the same time, I think that people can grow NOT to love family members because of certain circumstances.