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 school uniform debate — the pros and cons

The school uniform debate — the pros and cons

QUESTION: Dear Adele, Our school parent council is looking at the pros and cons of school uniforms. It seems that more and more kids are dressing inappropriately for school and our principal has to remind them in assemblies, ‘No Boobs! No Bellies! No Butts!’ I grew up with uniforms in the [...]

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Strategies for homeschooling during the pandemic and beyond

Strategies for homeschooling during the pandemic and beyond

Question: Dear Adele, My husband and I have reached out limit with our eight year old and his schoolwork. Being cooped up with COVID-19 and responsible for his education, we are at our wits end trying to get him to sit down, focus and apply himself. Do we ever have a new respect for teachers who handle [...]

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What matters to you, may not matter to me

What matters to you, may not matter to me

A child in the system, talks of his plight, Expressing his thoughts to another, What matters to you, may not matter to me, What I need is a dad and mother. Some think I need a father of colour, I say there are few to be had. Some say I need a father with language, I say I just need a dad. Some say [...]

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Prize fighting with the picky eater

Prize fighting with the picky eater

Question: Dear Adele, Our preschooler is the pickiest eater on earth, we swear! He is driving us bananas at mealtimes, rejecting this and that, and demanding stuff he tends to like. Sometimes when mealtime comes around we feel we must be prepared to go ten rounds with our little Mohammed Ali, to get [...]

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When sibling rivalry is like taming a Green-Eyed Monster

When sibling rivalry is like taming a Green-Eyed Monster

Question Dear Adele, My husband and I always wanted three children. To tell the truth, sometimes we would like to send two of them back. Any two would do, actually. Having just one child would eliminate the constant fighting, bickering, competing, and sometimes hatefulness that seems to rear its ugly [...]

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Heart to Heart with Adele: Dealing with death and dying

Heart to Heart with Adele: Dealing 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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Heart to Heart with Adele: Bullying

Heart to Heart with Adele: Bullying

Question: Dear Adele, Our middle school daughter has recently become somewhat non communicative and sullen. She seems to avoid opportunities to attend activities she used to like and has told us a few adolescents in her class have been mean to her, excluding her at lunch and spreading lies and gossip [...]

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Heart to Heart with Adele: Lockdown, emotions and your kids

Heart to Heart with Adele: Lockdown, emotions and your kids

QUESTION: Dear Adele, Covid-19 is hijacking our family’s positivity, general contentment and happiness with life. We have been isolating and social distancing ourselves, and to tell you the truth its beginning to suck! Cabin fever has never been so contagious, all-encompassing or so overwhelming [...]

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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: Ontario education now and then

Back to the Future: Ontario education now and then

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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