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Adele Blair

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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The challenge of parenting twins

The challenge of parenting twins

PHOTO: Tim Bish, Unsplash QUESTION Dear Adele, My husband and I have been involved in fertility treatments for several years. We are very excited at this time, because we have just found out we are expecting twins. People tell us twins are a monumental challenge. We have not had a lot of experience [...]

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Children’s mental health — dealing with depression

Children’s mental health — dealing with depression

QUESTION Dear Adele, We have heard a great deal about the impact of Covid-19 on the mental health of children. What are the signs of depression we should be on the alert for? Watching ANSWER Dear Watching, According to National Geographic in ‘Your Emotions, The Science of How You Feel’, [...]

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How to get your kids to listen

How to get your kids to listen

QUESTION Dear Adele, We are having trouble teaching our kids to listen and respond to our requests the first time. They ignore us, bock at instructions and sometimes downright refuse to cooperate. We never expected that a four-year-old and a six-year-old would behave this way! Can you help us improve [...]

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Putting the brakes on the bickering

Putting the brakes on the bickering

QUESTION Dear Adele, We need some help. Our three school-age children are constantly squabbling and bickering about everything.” He’s looking at me!” says one. “She’s breathing on me!” retorts the other. And then the exchange of verbal assaults ensues with one of [...]

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The gift of time just might be the best Father’s Day gift

The gift of time just might be the best Father’s Day gift

QUESTION Dear Adele, Father’s Day is fast approaching and we are running short on inexpensive gift ideas. We have a school-age child and a teenager. Any tips? Wife of a Great Father ANSWER Dear Wife of a Great Father, Father’s Day is celebrated in Canada on the third Sunday in June. [...]

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Win the war on whining and create a peaceful, cooperative family

Win the war on whining and create a peaceful, cooperative family

QUESTION Dear Adele, Our two young children are driving us bonkers with whining. We need to bolster the troops to win the war on whining. Whether it’s the battle about bedtime, the demand for more chocolate brownies, or the desire to watch just one more television show, the children whine. The [...]

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Scuttling the sass and buttoning up the backtalk

Scuttling the sass and buttoning up the backtalk

QUESTION Dear Adele, Our six-year-old has recently become quite sassy! When things don’t go his way and we have to speak to him, he seems to come back at us with a proliferation of backtalk. We believe in respectful communication and need some ideas on how to end this. Help is requested, please! [...]

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How much screen time is reasonable for children?

 How much screen time is reasonable for children?

QUESTION Dear Adele, We are parents of young children and seek advice concerning what is a reasonable amount of screen time for kids. We see many of our friends and relatives allowing their children to spend copious hours a day in front of screens? We sometimes wonder what has happened to outdoor free [...]

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Navigating the conversation about divorce with the kids

Navigating the conversation about divorce with the kids

QUESTION Dear Adele, My husband and I have finally come to a decision to separate and divorce. We both love our children dearly but need advice on the best way to tell them about the split. In the end, we think it will be better for them as it will be better for us, but we both absolutely dread having [...]

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Helping your child deal with feelings and emotions

Helping your child deal with feelings and emotions

QUESTION Dear Adele, Our young children do not seem to always deal well with their emotions and feelings. Like all of us adults, they take their turn at being angry, anxious, frustrated, embarrassed, jealous, happy, sad and so on. Knowing what they are feeling and then dealing with those feelings appropriately, [...]

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