Origin of tough lovefrom TOUGHLOVE, a trademark for a program offering family counseling
Tough love is defined as being strict discipline or imposing specific obligations or requirements on a person to mandate responsibility because you care for that individual.
An example of tough love is when a parent punishes a child for getting bad grades or for not keeping his promises.
a disciplinary technique, as for a young person, in which a seemingly harsh or unfeeling course of action is chosen deliberately over one demonstrating the tenderness or forbearance instinctively felt
The use of strict disciplinary measures and limitations on freedoms or privileges, as by a parent or guardian, as a means of fostering responsibility and expressing care or concern.