Adele Blair

Features Writer

Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Adele is a graduate of Carleton University and enjoyed careers in both education and social work, which spanned 52 years. She has three cherished adopted adult children, 4 beloved grandchildren, and a 6-year-old canine companion named Bailey. Recently retired, she enjoys writing as a hobby and is active in almost everything going.
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Is your child ready for the responsibility of a furry friend

 Is your child ready for the responsibility of a furry friend

QUESTION: Dear Adele, I’m just about worn down by the pleading of my child for a pet. While the puppy he has in mind is adorable, I toss and turn in my bed at night thinking about shedding hair, morning and evening walks and little wet mistakes on the living room carpet. My wife and I just do [...]

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Helping your school-age children to avoid drugs

Helping your school-age children to avoid drugs

QUESTION: Dear Adele, Our only son will be starting high school this year and we are worried about his exposure to illicit drugs and possible choice to experiment with them. We are looking for advice. Can you help? First Time Through the Gauntlet ANSWER: Dear First Time Through the Gauntlet, [...]

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Return to school and strategies for dealing with stress

Return to school and strategies for dealing with stress

Question: Dear Adele, Dr. Michael Silverman reported an incident in which his 5½-year-old son told him that Spiderman had died of Covid-19. A story such as this, is proof that anxiety and fear is running high in our children with obvious concerns about the pandemic. We are wondering how to dial [...]

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Pondering the ‘One and Done’ club

Pondering the ‘One and Done’ club

Question Dear Adele, My husband and I are considering a membership in the ‘One and Done’ club. We are however feeling pressure from our parents, siblings and friends to provide our son with a biological playmate. Are the stereotypes about only children true do you think? Are we going to [...]

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Helping your child deal with death and dying

Helping your child deal with death and dying

Question: Dear Adele, We are living in extremely tough times as parents. We thought we had this parenting thing down pat, but the coronavirus pandemic has humbled us, mightily. Stories of death and dying are all over our television, in every newspaper and magazine we receive, and seemingly come up [...]

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The challenge of raising gifted girls

The challenge of raising gifted girls

Question: Dear Adele, We have three children so are not inexperienced parents. However, our third child seems to be out of step with the norms for development. She is only four years old and can name all the elements in The Periodic Table, can point to and name correctly dozens of countries on a world [...]

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When your children prefer the family bed

When your children prefer the family bed

Question: Dear Adele, We have a new baby at our home and a set of preschool twins. My wife often brings the baby to our bed as she finds nursing easier there. The twins seem to think our double bed belongs to them. When our family black lab decides to settle in for the night as well there is virtually [...]

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Your teenager and the dating dilemma

Your teenager and the dating dilemma

Question Dear Adele, Our seventh grade daughter has a crush on a classmate and wants to start dating. We know It is a normal part of adolescence but wonder exactly when is the best time to allow our young teenager the experience of dating. This is uncharted territory for her and for us. What advice [...]

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Safeguarding children from violent behaviour in the classroom

Safeguarding children from violent behaviour in the classroom

QUESTION: Dear Adele, My child is 9 years old and increasingly more often tells me stories of violence in his school. Last year, his class was regularly evacuated because of behaviour by a student who bit and kicked his teacher. Another student threw objects and a third hit the educational aid. What [...]

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Things to consider when ‘birthing’ a blended family

Things to consider when ‘birthing’ a blended family

Question: Dear Adele, I am a divorcee with two children ages 6 and 9, who finally allowed herself the freedom to date. I have recently met a super guy with two teenagers, who is also divorced. We have started to talk seriously about a future together with our four kids. We would be grateful for guidance [...]

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