care: Ask the Experts
17, 2004 - by Ursull S. Swims, Ariosto Monopólio and Cathy Cambelle
are happy to welcome all you sim parents to our brand new column, Ask the
Experts. The panel will debate questions that were sent in by readers.
The readers are you, and the experts are... us.
a child is one of life's biggest challenges. There are so much to think
of and to be worried about, there are both physical and emotional needs
on both the child and parents, and there are all those others keeping an
eye on your smallest mistakes. We are here to help you!
this is the first round, let's start with a brief introduction of us, the
Swims (46, from Simmerville), mother of 4, is working as a specialist
at the SimCity Children Hospital, occasionally working on baby research
at home. Member of Sims Science.
Monopólio (34, from Simvale) is assigned medicine and health,
he works as a Medical Researcher with babies as main field since 4 years.
Cambelle (42, from The Waters of Old Town) is assigned family and home,
she is a mother of 3, also fostering 2 children. Is currently a stay at
sessions will take place at Ursull Swims' home at 79 Simmerville. From
a relaxed position with a cup of tea in a comfortable sofa, we hope to
give you some good comments.
Swims: Thank you both for joining me for this concept, I'm particularly
glad that we represent three different hoods. We got a nice load of mail
for the first expert session, let's start with this one:
me and my wife are parents of a beautiful baby boy, named Anthony, but
because we both have jobs and we need the money, i would like to know how
we can hire a good nanny for our son?? we would love to raise our son by
our selves but at this point in time we need the help. Thank you for any
advice you can give us.
Ursull S. Swims: I
personally think that it would be of great worth to your family if one
of you quit your everyday job and stay home with the children. Eventually,
the one could work every other day or even start a home business like making
preserves or garden gnomes. There is also services like hiring a nanny
or butler, but it's a serious thing to leave your child to a stranger.
You should at least make sure that the nanny or butler has got great recommendations.
Cathy Cambelle: I
use a cradle for my first child, who ended up catching GPD very young,
and died. But I agree, don't take the chance of a stranger watching over
your child. If you are still insistent, go to www.cheapfrills.com. Though
the baby is only in light skin tone, which is bad for other types of sims.
husband and I is currently nursing our first baby. It's a boy and his name
is Bart. It is of course very tiresome, and my husband had to quit his
job. Now we can't wait to see our son leaving the basin. It's already been
a couple days, and we live in an area with access to Magic Town. Not sure
if that matters. Could we soon expect him to leave babyhood?
Dear Mrs. Gobelin, as a doctor, I have to say that no such thing as this
Magical Town can ever influence a baby birth or development. As a matter
of fact, the Sim Knowledge states, in all our researches in Simvale, that
a baby leaves the cradle after three days. Don't worry. You soon you'll
see little Bart running around.
Cathy Cambelle: I
agree. Magic Town, can not influence a baby, to leave the cradle. Bart
should be out of the cradle any day now!
name is Betty Newbie, this is my husband Bob and our cat Toffee (we used
to have a daughter named Lulu but she was sent to military school for not
studying.) Anyway, we have quite a serious question. We had some family
friends, they were the Bumblebutt family. The couple already had a little
girl named Mary-Josephine, but they decided to have a second child, it
was a girl. When their daughter became a child she was black in colour,
but her parents were both white, why was this?
Ursull S. Swims: The
normal trait would be that the child inherits the skin colour from one
of its parents. If the father is light and mother is dark, the child would
not become medium, but either light or dark. Adopted children can of course
be any of the three skin tones.
see, Mrs. Newbie, that's the problem of our altered genetic system. I assume
that will be correct with all those Body Shops Clinics which are currently
on business in SimNation.
Experts at Simmerville,
My name is Aimee, and recently I
and my husband Colin had a baby son, James. Everything went fine for the
first few days with James, but then when he became a child TWO Identical
James, came out! I and Colin were stunned! James1 was a normal healthy
child, and James2 had a very weird personality of about 2 niceness points,
he was mean and odd. Is this a birth defect? I have never heard of it before,
nor has Colin. We are worried about our second son, he has problems with
other children and school. Can we help him? Can you help us? Thankyou,
x Kind Regards x
Aimee and Colin Harris (please reply)
Harris, if I understand right what you wrote, you had a baby, and two babies
left the cradle instead? Well, actually this is a very rare birth defect;
you see, after aliens stole our third dimension, our genetics went crazy,
resulting in many different defects. There's a clinic, called "Sim Enhancer"
that may help you. It can treat your problematic twin, giving him more
Ursull Swims: Oh,
Mr Monopólio, you are experienced with the "Sim Enhancer". I'm not,
but I trust it would the better thing to try, Mrs Harris. I heard twin
births is a rare phenoma, so do your best and feel privileged about it!
Well, I think we could need
some more tea. Please, Mrs Cambelle, go on with the next question while
I refill the tea pot.
is me Betty Newbie again. Bob and I love our cat Toffee very much, but
we want to have another baby, what can I do to stop Toffee feeling left
Cathy Cambelle: Betty,
I had a cat named Jackson way back when, right before I gave birth to Carlos.
When one of you are caring for the baby, one of you should socialize with
the cat. Try buying Toffee new toys, to keep busy with. Babies are
only babies for some many days, so when the cradle is of age Toffee, the
child, you and your husband will all be happy.
would say that you should spend a little more time
with your baby first, then
go for Toffee. The chance your child will suffer from neglect is bigger
than your cat has.
nanny is great I've just had 5 children. I was so happy but yet I've got
3 other children to attend to. My husband has to go to work and I get so
stressed about tending to 5 kids the nanny is a superwoman!
Cathy Cambelle: Hello!
Well nannies are great for some, but for me I would rather spend my quality
time with the children. For my 3 child, Celeste I used the nanny. But then
regretted it. Celeste thought of nanny as a mother figure. Luckily now,
she at the age of 10 realizes that Craig and Me are her parents. For me
the nanny was a bad experience, but for you it might work very well. Also
I am partially Hispanic so I do not have fair skin.
Ursull Swims: I agree
with you, Mrs Cambelle, raising the child yourself is the best thing, no
doubt. But I too think the nanny service is a fantastic alternative if
a parent is alone and really would depend on keeping up with work. Read
this article "17
sim parents about the Nanny service" for various opinions.
Well, I think that closes
this session, my friends! Thank you all for sending in your questions.
The link will be up on the Baby main page only for a limited period of
time, so check back regularly and we'll be back with a new "Ask the experts"
column rather soon.
Cathy Cambelle: Thank
you and bye!
Nice tea, too!