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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Advice for families dealing with crammed curriculums

Advice for families dealing with crammed curriculums

ANSWER Dear Adele, Our two teenagers are attending an Ottawa high school and find the new quadmester system just too much, too fast! Information is being presented in roughly half the normal time, switching between in- school and online learning. We are worried that our boys will not be prepared for [...]

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Heart to heart with Adele Blair — Divorce and the holidays

Heart to heart with Adele Blair — Divorce and the holidays

​Question: Dear Adele, My husband and I were separated earlier this year and are proceeding to a divorce. We seem to be at war over how our two young school-age children should spend the Christmas holidays. Our legal bills are skyrocketing and I wondered if you have any suggestions. We cannot be [...]

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Choosing presents for the grandkids at Christmas

Choosing presents for the grandkids at Christmas

Question Dear Adele, I am a grandparent with a Christmas conundrum. I have several grandchildren and am stymied trying to imagine what kind of toys to give them for Christmas. They seem to have everything, and the plethora of toys on the shelves in the retail stores, is crushing. Can you help me? [...]

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It’s never too late for a family

It’s never too late for a family

QUESTION: Dear Adele, My husband and I married in our thirties and Mother Nature did not provide us a biological child, though we dearly wanted one. We are closing in on 40 years of age and wonder if creating a family through adoption is realistic or simply a pipe dream. We know you are an adoptive [...]

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Remembering Remembrance Day with your children

Remembering Remembrance Day with your children

Question: Dear Adele, November 11 is fast approaching. We are looking for ideas to commemorate Remembrance Day with our older children and teenagers. Can you help? Grateful Answer: Dear Grateful, Kudos to you for thinking about this extremely important day in Canada and looking for ways to educate [...]

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The case for cursive — why kids should be taught handwriting

The case for cursive — why kids should be taught handwriting

QUESTION Dear Adele, I recently asked my 10-year-old granddaughter to read the cursive written message on a card prepared for her father’s birthday. I was surprised that she was unable to read the few sentences and had to ask an adult at the table to explain what I had written. I thought cursive [...]

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Turn Halloween at home into a wonderful evening for the whole family

Turn Halloween at home into a wonderful evening for the whole family

Question: Heart to Heart with Adele- Halloween at home Dear Adele, The witches, goblins and ghouls will soon be coming to town. Our children are already disappointed that trick or treating is off the table this year for celebration. Have you any ideas to help our children over the frustration of coping [...]

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Avoiding videogame addiction in children

Avoiding videogame addiction in children

QUESTION Dear Adele Our two children, ages nine and 12 seem to spend a lot of their free time playing video games or on apps on their smart phones. We are beginning to wonder if they might be getting addicted. We also are unsure what is a reasonable amount of time per day to allow for this activity. [...]

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The Yin and the Yang of children and competitive sport

The Yin and the Yang of children and competitive sport

Question: Dear Adele, Our primary school aged son is displaying exceptional athletic abilities. We have had him in numerous house league sporting activities such as T-ball, soccer, hockey and swimming. We have heard mixed reviews about competitive sport, in which we feel he may best reach his potential. [...]

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The value of homework and developing a good work ethic

The value of homework and developing a good work ethic

Question: Dear Adele Our son has just returned to physical school after many months of virtual learning. He will also be resuming extracurricular hockey which will leave him short on free time. Soon he will be getting homework as well. Some parents we know say they do not do homework at their house [...]

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