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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Making your child’s first dental visit a happy experience

Making your child’s first dental visit a happy experience

QUESTION Dear Adele, Our toddler has a mouthful of pearly whites now! I have always hated going to the dentist myself, so have been unenthusiastic about making an appointment for him, to say the least. Any suggestions on how I can make a first dentist appointment, an easy, relaxed and comfortable experience [...]

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Getting family support during the pandemic

Getting family support during the pandemic

QUESTION: Dear Adele, My husband and I live in a rented apartment building with paper thin walls! Recently we have heard frequent loud arguments, yelling, banging and the sounds of crying children coming from our neighbours unit. We have concerns about the well-being of the toddler and infant who live [...]

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Managing messy munchkins

Managing messy munchkins

QUESTION: Dear Adele, Our three munchkins, ages five, eight, and eleven are driving us bonkers! They are wonderful children in so many ways, but their messiness is extremely irritating. You would think a tornado had gone through my eldest daughter’s room by Saturday, not to mention that the rooms [...]

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Supporting adopted children in the search for birthparents

Supporting adopted children in the search for birthparents

QUESTION Dear Adele, My husband and I adopted an infant 19 years ago. Several years later, we divorced and I raised our son to adulthood by myself. My child is now 19 and is interested in searching for his birth father and birthmother. I have a number of concerns about this and I’m seeking advice [...]

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Meltdowns and explosive behaviour in young kids

Meltdowns and explosive behaviour in young kids

QUESTION Dear Adele, Our two preschoolers are getting more proficient every day in the art of delivering monstrous Mount Vesuvius meltdowns. When they become angry or frustrated, they yell, scream, cry and sometimes throw things, bite and hit. We often wonder what has happened to those adorable cooing [...]

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Teenage privacy — earned privilege or a right?

Teenage privacy — earned privilege or a right?

QUESTION Dear Adele, Our middle school son will soon be given his first cell phone and personal computer. We realize he is maturing and becoming more independent, but just don’t know how much space and privacy to give him. Any words of wisdom? Hating to Snoop ANSWER Dear Hating to Snoop, [...]

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Does ‘birth order’ impact a child’s character and personality development

Does ‘birth order’ impact a child’s character and personality development

Dear Adele, We have three little munchkins who are as different as night, dawn and day. Sometimes we wonder how they could all the been produced by the same parents, from the same gene pool. I have heard that birth order affects personality development and other traits of an individual. Do you think [...]

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Hand your kids a shovel and let them clear their own way

Hand your kids a shovel and let them clear their own way

QUESTION Dear Adele, I was recently called a ‘Snowplow’ parent. I don’t know whether to be complimented or feel offended. Can you tell me what ‘Snowplow’ parenting is all about? Snow Shoveler ANSWER Dear Snow Shoveler, The characteristics of ‘Snowplow’ [...]

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Cops in school or no cops in school

Cops in school or no cops in school

QUESTION Dear Adele, The ‘No cops in school’ campaign in Ottawa has me concerned. While I understand the importance of eradicating systemic racism and violence perpetrated by some police officers, I am apprehensive that eliminating police from the schools will put all our children in danger. [...]

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Ensuring your child knows you love him unconditionally

Ensuring your child knows you love him unconditionally

Dear Adele, Question I’m worried that my preteen son may not feel loved because I never tell him that I love him. I am just not that touchy-feely, mushy-gushy, emotional kind of guy and feel quite uncomfortable with saying “I love you” to a five-foot-six, hundred- and thirty-pound [...]

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