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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Heart to heart with Adele: When your teenager wants an abortion

Heart to heart with Adele: When your teenager wants an abortion

Question: Dear Adele, You would think our family did not have enough problems with Covid-19, job insecurity and a plethora of unpaid bills! Our teenage daughter decided to check out our capacity for dealing with stress, by engaging in unprotected sex, and then feigning utter disbelief and surprise [...]

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Back to the Future

Back to the Future

Back to the Future was a 1980s science-fiction classic about a small-town California teenager, played by Michael J Fox. When an experiment by an eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) goes awry, the teenager is thrown back into the 1950s. This is a time-travel classic. It is full of [...]

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Heart to Heart with Adele: Online predators and your kids!

Heart to Heart with Adele: Online predators and your kids!

Question: Dear Adele. Our family is cooped up in quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While the world is in disarray and frantically trying to stop the spread of the virus, my husband and I are barely coping with our three crazy-making kids, at home. We are also frantically trying to keep the children [...]

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Heart to heart with Adele: How Covid-19 can strengthen your family!

Heart to heart with Adele: How Covid-19 can strengthen your family!

Question Heart to heart with Adele- How Covid-19 can strengthen your family! Dear Adele, The Coronavirus pandemic is frightening us greatly. My husband and I have been glued to the television set all day and all night for weeks, switching from channel to channel, trying to understand the magnitude [...]

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Heart to Heart with Adele: When your child becomes a Pinocchio

Heart to Heart with Adele: When your child becomes a Pinocchio

Question: Dear Adele, My husband and I are getting quite concerned because our school-aged children seem to be getting better and better at duping us, by lying. We both really value integrity, and are aware that it is not all that common anymore. We need a bit of direction about detecting our children’s [...]

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Heart to Heart with Adele: When your graduate has “Zero” direction

Heart to Heart with Adele: When your graduate has “Zero” direction

QUESTION Dear Adele, My son is in grade 11 and has zero idea about what he wants to do after high school. I am having a mild panic attack trying to help him choose his courses for grade 12. Everyone else’s boy or girl seems to have it all laid out except mine. He has zero passions it seems. I’m [...]

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Is this the hill to die on?

Is this the hill to die on?

For the life of me I just don’t get it? Why has my beloved former profession of teaching chosen ‘Online Learning’ as the battleground with the Ontario provincial government. Really, Union leaders and parents . . . “Is this the hill to die on?”. Did you think about other [...]

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Heart to Heart with Adele: The challenge of raising a gifted child

Heart to Heart with Adele: The challenge of raising a gifted child

Question: Dear Adele, Our son is in primary school in the local school system. We think he might be gifted, and his teachers have suggested we have him tested. I’m wondering what experience you have with gifted children and what ideas you have for me about raising him. We want to offer our [...]

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Heart to Heart with Adele: Checkups for children’s mental health

Heart to Heart with Adele: Checkups for children’s mental health

Question Dear Adele, My former husband is telling me our school age daughter is experiencing a mental health issue and that she wants to talk to a counsellor. I am unsure about how to handle this, as she has not expressed that desire to me. I do not want to over react but also want to keep the peace [...]

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Whose kid has to die?

Whose kid has to die?

Have you ever wondered whose kid has to die before we target the tsunami of death flooding our city? Would your child lying face up in a mahogany silk-lined casket, dead at 17 from an opioid overdose, do it? Would the 40 dead Ottawans in 2016 or 64 more in 2017 suffice perhaps? Or would it take one of [...]

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