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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Helping your child deal with feelings and emotions

Helping your child deal with feelings and emotions

QUESTION Dear Adele, Our young children do not seem to always deal well with their emotions and feelings. Like all of us adults, they take their turn at being angry, anxious, frustrated, embarrassed, jealous, happy, sad and so on. Knowing what they are feeling and then dealing with those feelings appropriately, [...]

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Should teenagers be encouraged to get part-time jobs?

Should teenagers be encouraged to get part-time jobs?

Heart to Heart with Adele- 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. [...]

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Should schools be teaching students about sex trafficking in Canada?

Should schools be teaching students about sex trafficking in Canada?

QUESTION Dear Adele, Our teenager recently came home from school and told us she had been involved in a class discussion about sex trafficking in Canada. We understand the need for sound sex education but were surprised and taken aback that this topic was being taught in our local high school. Do you [...]

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What can parents do when grandparents play favourites

What can parents do when grandparents play favourites

QUESTION Dear Adele, Our children have overall, wonderful grandparents who love them dearly. We are sincerely grateful for this. However, one grandmother seems to favour one of our children more than the others. Her gifts for him are just a little bit nicer, her attendance at his sporting events is [...]

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When your Academy Award contender acts out in public!

When your Academy Award contender acts out in public!

QUESTION: Dear Adele, We need help! Our young son will soon be deserving of an Academy Award for his acting out behaviour in public! When we are out of the home, he seems to purposely decide to misbehave and act out, knowing we will not respond as skillfully as we normally do alone. And he is absolutely [...]

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When your child always wants to be the ‘Top Dog’

When your child always wants to be the ‘Top Dog’

QUESTION Dear Adele, Our young son seems obsessed with winning! Everything turns into a competition and he loves to loudly boast of winning. This seems to be the case in everything from his team sports to family boardgames. Sometimes when he does not win or sees that there is little likelihood that [...]

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Why your kids should do homework

Why your kids should do homework

Question Dear Adele, My children attend in-person school and seem to be required to complete copious amounts of homework. My ‘mom’s group’ and I are ready to throw up our hands in frustration at trying to complete the work, supervise the children, and factor in everything else we [...]

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Easy ways to help build self-esteem in kids

Easy ways to help build self-esteem in kids

QUESTION: My daughter is a preteen and often seems shy and lacking in confidence. I try to tell her how awesome she is, but somehow, she doesn’t seem to appreciate how many good qualities she has. Can you share a few tips with me on self-esteem building? Proud Parent ANSWER: Dear Proud Parent, [...]

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Mental health concerns skyrocket for children during Covid-19

Mental health concerns skyrocket for children during Covid-19

QUESTION: Dear Adele, Covid-19 seems to be taking a toll on our son. He is out of in-person school, away from his extracurricular activities, and has little chance to interact with peers. He appears mopey, disconnected and disheartened about his life. We are worried about him but really do not know [...]

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Understanding why some kids turn into bullies while others don't

Understanding why some kids turn into bullies while others don't

QUESTION Dear Adele, We understand that bullying is quite a problem in today’s society. My husband and I both recall a few incidents of being bullied ourselves as teenagers. Now we are young parents with two preschoolers who want to avoid raising a bully. Can you clue us in on how to do this? [...]

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