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Kelly Seal
Kelly is a writer, blogger, and author of the new book Date Expectations: A Guide to Changing Your Dating Life and Finding Real Love. She lives in L.A. and likes to spend her time hiking, traveling and posting random things on Facebook. Her musings can be found on Slate, Yahoo! Shine, Digital Romance, and eHarmony Advice among others. You can follow her @kellyseal or check out her blog at

Entries by Kelly Seal

What You Should Know About Dating a Man With Children

(6) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 1:50 PM

When I was online dating, I filtered single dads out of my searches. There was no way I'd ever get involved with a man who had that kind of baggage. Who needed to date someone with an ex and children in the mix, since dating was already complicated enough?

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A Blended Family Holiday (Or How I Let Go Of My Expectations)

(8) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 1:10 PM

The cheer of the holiday season -- the music, the food, the decorations -- comes with a lot of stress, especially if you're hosting your friends or extended family. But if you're like me, part of a blended family with step kids, exes and the rest? Forget it. The stress...

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A Lesson In Creating Boundaries

(403) Comments | Posted April 20, 2011 | 11:22 AM

When I first moved in with my soon-to-be husband and his two daughters, I was committed to being the nice, easygoing stepmother. I assumed there would be mutual respect and consideration between us since they were already ten- and sixteen-years-old. They weren't little kids who didn't know any better. But...

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From Single Girl to Step-Mom

(206) Comments | Posted February 26, 2011 | 2:00 AM

I was a single girl for a long time, enjoying a great lifestyle of work in the entertainment industry, exotic travel, and evenings often spent sipping cocktails with my friends (à la Carrie Bradshaw). Though I considered myself a happy and independent woman, I still wanted a husband and family....

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