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.
of 13

Should unvaccinated guests be invited to teenager’s gatherings?

Should unvaccinated guests be invited to teenager’s gatherings?

QUESTION Dear Adele Our daughter is turning 16 soon and we are planning a small ‘Sweet-16’ party to celebrate. One of her close friends is not vaccinated and we prefer she not attend. How should we handle this sensitive challenge so as not to destroy the friendship and good feelings between [...]

Read full story

The benefits of outdoor play for kids

The benefits of outdoor play for kids

QUESTION Dear Adele, I recently read that the average child spends seven hours per day behind a screen. I certainly don’t want my school-aged children to grow up with such a sedentary lifestyle. What do you think are the benefits of activity and outdoor play for kids? How can I get my children [...]

Read full story

Bedtime routines for kids

Bedtime routines for kids

Question Dear Adele, My husband and I are at odds about the subject of bedtime for our preschooler. I think our son should have a set bedtime each night, while my husband thinks we should wait until he appears tired to put him to bed. We are arguing about this nightly and our son is getting caught [...]

Read full story

Incorporate some new traditions into your Thanksgiving celebration

Incorporate some new traditions into your Thanksgiving celebration

QUESTION Dear Adele, Thanksgiving is fast approaching and I'm at a loss about how to make it a special weekend for the immediate family. Covid-19 is impacting my traditions and I'm looking for some new ideas for a family of four and possibly a few guests. Can you help? Out of Exciting New [...]

Read full story

Stepparenting Savvy

Stepparenting Savvy

QUESTION Dear Adele, I am a single guy who is engaged to a divorcee with two school aged children. I like the kids but find them a bit unruly at times. I am wondering how I should tackle the discipline with them when their mom and I cohabit? All advice welcome as I am pretty green when it comes to [...]

Read full story

Parental placement preferences for elementary school children

Parental placement preferences for elementary school children

QUESTION Dear Adele, The school year has just begun. My eight-year-old son returned home from school on the first day to report that he was in a split grade, and had no friends in his class from last year. We are worried about the split grade concept and feel badly that our son is not with his friends. [...]

Read full story

How children and grandchildren push our buttons

How children and grandchildren push our buttons

QUESTION Dear Adele, Our grandchildren have become great button pushers! They seem to know exactly what to do to get their way with their parents. Sometimes they beg, sometimes they yell, sometimes they pout! I cannot tell you how annoying it is to see them get their way, with some of these behaviours. [...]

Read full story

Back-to-school tips for parents

Back-to-school tips for parents

QUESTION Dear Adele, The back-to-school season is upon us! Every year I worry about the start of school for my children and try to anticipate all the things that might be anxiety producing for them. I know you had a career as a teacher and wonder if you have any tips for me to make the start of school [...]

Read full story

Your child is heading off to college leaving you with an empty nest

Your child is heading off to college leaving you with an empty nest

QUESTION Dear Adele, Our son has successfully graduated from high school and been accepted in the program of his choice at an out-of-town university. While I am proud of him and want only the best for him, I am feeling a pain in my heart thinking about him not being with me. Is this normal? Empty [...]

Read full story

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 [...]

Read full story
of 13