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 pros and cons of dress codes for high school students

The pros and cons of dress codes for high school students

QUESTION Dear Adele, My daughter attends an Ottawa high school where there is a dress code. I am following with interest the CTV news story regarding Ottawa students and parents who are “outraged at humiliating high school dress code blitz” at Beatrice Desloges High School. I know there [...]

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The gift of your time is the most valuable thing you can give your children

The gift of your time is the most valuable thing you can give your children

QUESTION: I recently have found myself a single parent with three small children. I am not yet thirty years of age and now regret that I did not finish my education. I am very worried about the long road ahead, ensuring that my children have what they need to grow into healthy, happy, independent [...]

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Parenting tips to deal with your argumentative teen without loosing your cool

Parenting tips to deal with your argumentative teen without loosing your cool

Question: Dear Adele, We are embarrassed to tell you and the world that our sweet 14-year-old daughter has become so argumentive, causing discord, friction, and disharmony in our family. We thought we were the perfect parents with an ideal child. We never expected a disagreeable teenager to emerge [...]

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Should teenagers be encouraged to get part-time jobs?

Should teenagers be encouraged to get part-time jobs?

QUESTION Dear Adele, Our teenager is experiencing some peer pressure to work at a local ice cream shop this summer with his friends. While it would be beneficial for him to have some of his own money, we are not really sure he is ready to take on the responsibility of paid employment. What are [...]

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The reasons why most siblings are so different

The reasons why most siblings are so different

QUESTION - What is Temperament? Dear Adele, My husband and I have three children who are as different from each other as an apple, an orange, and a banana. Each has some wonderful characteristics, but at the same time, each has distinctive flaws and challenges. We are the same adults and parent [...]

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Celebrate Easter with your family no matter how small it may be

Celebrate Easter with your family no matter how small it may be

QUESTION Dear Adele, I am the sole parent of a six-year-old daughter whose extended family lives in another city. Easter is upon us, and I’m wondering how to celebrate the day without family around. Any ideas? On Our Own ANSWER Dear On Our Own, Miriam Webster defines a family [...]

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How to move forward when motherhood overwhelms you

How to move forward when motherhood overwhelms you

QUESTION Dear Adele, I am a 25-year-old single mother of two children. The oldest has behaviour problems that are being investigated, and the youngest is a poor sleeper who keeps me up, night after night. I am also struggling doing a job that I do not like and am living paycheck to paycheck. I [...]

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The importance of the family mealtime

The importance of the family mealtime

QUESTION Dear Adele, We are a busy family of five that is constantly on the go. My husband and I both work outside of the home and are involved in sporting and community activities. The three children ages six, nine, and 13 are bused to and from school and are busy most evenings of the week with [...]

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Talking with your older children about war and conflict

Talking with your older children about war and conflict

QUESTION Dear Adele, Images of destruction, devastation, and death from the war in Ukraine fill the screens of our televisions and social media devices. Our children, ages 11 and 15, cannot help but see them and be affected by this human catastrophe in Ukraine. How do you suggest we handle talking [...]

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When your child keeps getting out of bed!

When your child keeps getting out of bed!

QUESTION Dear Adele, Several months ago, we moved our preschooler out of his crib into a junior bed. Unfortunately, this has led to a new sleep time problem. Our son has discovered the freedom of no railings and is constantly getting out of bed after we have said good night. One evening, we counted [...]

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