It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Life Lessons from the Sims

Darcy and George play the Sims with Emma. Darcy’s character in the game – whose name is “Darcy”, if you can believe the coincidence!! – has become an adult.

“Darcy, do you want your guy to get married?” Emma asks.


“Who do you want to marry?”

“George!” George is all in agreement. The game, of course, allows same-sex unions, but, sadly for the boys, they have made themselves brothers in the game. Emma breaks the news, so Darcy, ever-adaptable, picks a local female to marry.

“Will you want to have a baby, now you’re married?” Emma asks.

“Yes! And I want the baby to grow in my tummy!”

Even the inclusive Sims doesn’t allow for this. “Sorry, Darcy.” Emma breaks the sad news. “Only girls can grow babies.”

Emma told me about this exchange later. “He was really disappointed mum! Isn’t that so cuuute?”

January 27, 2006 - Posted by | Darcy, George, my kids, sex, socializing, the cuteness!


  1. Hey, if Arnold Schwarzenegger can do it in the movie Junior, then there might be hope for Darcy yet!

    Comment by Haley | January 27, 2006 | Reply

  2. Actually, if your male sim is abducted by aliens they can have an alien baby- who’s green! How cool is that!! (Only thing I haven’t figured out is exactly how to be abducted!)

    Comment by Angela | January 27, 2006 | Reply

  3. Let me guess. That Sim is 8 months pregnant.

    Comment by ieatcrayonz | January 27, 2006 | Reply

  4. angela, I can help you on that one. They get abducted when they use the telescope, but only some of the time. Just keep them stargazing if you want that alien baby!

    Comment by Haley | January 27, 2006 | Reply

  5. Haley: Because we all want our children to emulate Arnie…

    Angela: There! Haley has answered your question for me. Additiontally, Emma says that if you put the telescope up way high (she builds about three flights of stairs up and puts the telescope on the top landing) they’re more likely to get abducted.

    Crayonz: LOL I know I looked just like that when I was nine months pregnant. Didn’t you??

    Actually, the nine-months-along women are very cute. Respectably large bellies, and an adorable prenant-woman waddle. Of course, apart from the belly, they are whisper-thin…

    Comment by Mary P. | January 27, 2006 | Reply

  6. I imagine that’s how that skank Paris Hilton will look 9 months pregnant.

    Comment by kimmyk | January 27, 2006 | Reply

  7. Well, maybe by the time these children are adults, men will be able to grow babies, too.

    Comment by jen-o-rama | January 27, 2006 | Reply

  8. That SIM is supposed to be pregnant? Oy. But how cute that the boys want to marry each other. *sigh*

    Comment by stefanierj | January 27, 2006 | Reply

  9. Kimmyk: Oh, Lordy what a thought. Her poor children! But isn’t she being gay these days?

    Jen: Pregnant men? Well, we know at least one male who wants to try it out; I’ll bet there are others!

    stefanierj: About five months, I think. I thought it was too sweet that they wanted to marry each other, too. See what great buddies they’ve become at Mary’s house?

    Comment by Mary P. | January 27, 2006 | Reply

  10. Ah — I wish I still had time to play Sims.

    What age do you think is appropriate for kids to start with computers… just so I can look forward to gettin’ back in the game with my girl.

    Comment by mo-wo | January 27, 2006 | Reply

  11. I’ve never played it, but I get to play by proxy – watching the kids.

    When is it appropriate? If you’re a Waldorf type, not till they’re entering their teens. If you’re a geek, as soon as they can hold up their heads!

    I generally let them start to play when they’re three or so, and then only for 20 minutes a day. (Except in cases of severe house-boundness, like the second straight week of -30C weather, or the recovery part of an illness, when they’re well enough to be restless but still too sick to be out and doing. Then I’m pretty relaxed about it…)

    I have a copy of Fisher Price’s “Learning in Toyland”, aimed at the toddler set. There are several games on the disk; they involve sorting, counting, problem solving, colours, shapes – and learning how to point and click!

    Apart from the REALLY annoying voice of the idiotic bear that narrates (which you can’t mute, turn off, or fast-forward through) it’s a good one. There are probably lots more worthy games, but, showing how little time I spend with the kids on a computer, it’s the only one I’ve ever bought!

    Comment by Mary P. | January 28, 2006 | Reply

  12. I’m dying to try Sims 2!

    Comment by chosha | January 31, 2006 | Reply

  13. It’s very popular around here – particularly amongst the girls!

    Comment by Mary P. | January 31, 2006 | Reply

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