The Sims 3 Guide to Children
Raising Kids: School, Homework, and Skills
Generations Additions: The Sims 3 Generations expansion pack brings many new features to childhood. If you want to read all about the new content for kids in the EP, have a look at Children in Generations. If your child had one as a toddler, they could be developing their Imaginary Friend.
This Sims 3 Guide was originally written for the PC and Mac versions of the game, but also will help owners of the console versions - PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii. Please remember some info or numbers may have changed.
Done a Good Job Raising Them?
If you've followed the parenting guide thus far, and used many of our tips to raising kids, your Sim's child should have been able to choose a trait. In addition, when your child first learns a skill, they will jump up a level immediately if they had training in that skill as a toddler. As such, they can view the skill journal. For example, after playing with the peg toybox for a couple skill levels in the toddler stage, learning the logic skill will immediately start them at level 3 logic once they've grown to a child. This gives your child a head start in school. An odd thing occured the first time my Sim's child slept. She learned the writing skill in her sleep and jumped to level 2.
The Childhood Life Stage
The Sims 3's children are much more like adult Sims than Toddlers. They now have free will, and can learn to cook (but not actually perpare) meals, chat on the computer, learn almost any other skill, go to school, and make friends. You'll also be happy to notice that they can stay home alone. If they spend a bit more time studying, and have a little less fun than other Sim kids, they can shoot straight up any job's career path so long as they maintain this momentum into the teenage years. Here I'll help you with raising a child Sim that tries to excel in life.
Since children cannot cook or fix things, they can play with the little baker oven or genesis building blocks to raise the handiness and cooking skills interactively, while having fun. The skill journal tabs for those skills will appear when they're a teenager. They can learn all other Sims 3 skills the regular ways, aside from Charisma, Guitar, and Gardening. Teens can begin learning those skills. Children can work out with the stereo, television and pool, but an Athletic skill bar will not appear. This may however help them with future development once they age up to teenagers.
Choosing a Child's Lifetime Wish
Watch for lifetime wishes to appear in the wish panel occasionally. They don't pop up often. If you already have a general idea what you want your child's lifetime wish to be, start trying to develop an interest in that trade. For example, if your Sim wants to be a sports star, try to do some athletics (via Pool, Radio, or Television, a hidden skill until Teenager) to increase the odds that the lifetime wish will come up. Likewise for cooking, logic, fishing,and so on.
All children must attend school. Elementary school hours are from 9AM(8 bus) to 3PM. It's just like a career, except the performance meter tops out once your child has an 'A'. There really isn't much to that is different from playing an adult Sim. They will occasionally get school opportunities, such as doing a research project. Their wishes will also sometimes go toward getting on the honor roll for multiple weeks (just have an 'A' grade 3 days in a row).
Children should do their homework daily to boost school performance. If two kids are going to school at the same time, they may want to copy homework off of one another. Drag the homework to a table or other location, and the little cheater can copy the answers straight to their paper. The kid can get detention if caught, however.
Two Children can work together to get the homework done faster, and this doesn't count as cheating. At level 5 in logic, parents can tutor their child to help raise their school performance. Parents can also help kids with homework without fear of detention, as well. It sure beats getting caught cheating! To help, click the child's homework in their inventory. You'll then select which Sim will help them with the homework.
Raising them Well
Keep the kid's mood up, do homework, and have the occasional friend over and your child will do fine in life. I'll add that it's definitely worth it to buy toys like the dollhouse when it comes up, to earn the lifetime happiness points. In fact, childhood is a great time to rack up lifetime happiness and be able to purchase rewards very very early in life.
Give the Kid a Good Birthday!
Make your Child's last birthday as a kid a special one. They're about to grow up into teenagers with more responsibilities and a wide open world.
In The Sims 2, The Sims Stories, The Sims 3 and The Sims 4, children and teens get homework on school days. Failing to complete homework generally results in bad grades.
The Sims 2 and The Sims StoriesEdit
In The Sims 2 and The Sims Stories, children and teens will have homework in their hands after they get off the school bus. If possible, they will put the assignment on or by a desk, and seem to prefer the first desk that was placed in the house. If a student has unfinished homework, he or she will put the new homework on top of it. The player can tell the student to put the homework down by canceling the "Go to School" icon. Homework can be moved in buy and build modes, though it cannot be deleted. A child's homework will be brightly colored, but a teen's homework will be plainly colored.
Clicking on the homework gives the child or teen an option to complete it or ask an older Sim for help. An older household member, when the homework is clicked, can offer help with finishing the homework. A child or teen who is being helped with homework will finish it faster, and will gain the memory of being taught to study. This will fulfill the "Ask for Homework Help" want, and will allow them to do homework more quickly in the future. If Seasons is installed, students will do homework faster in the fall, or after drinking apple juice.
There is no time limit on homework in The Sims 2, but doing (or not doing) homework will affect a student's grades. A student who goes to school in a good mood with all homework done will gain a better grade. Students will not be penalized for going to school with one piece of incomplete homework, but going to school with more than one piece of incomplete homework may cause their grades to drop.[n 1]
Sims may have a want to do homework. This want will be fulfilled when they complete a piece of homework. This want will be fulfilled even if the homework they complete belongs to another Sim.
If a teen has unfinished homework when he or she is sent to college or becomes an adult, it will disappear.
The Sims 3 Edit
On school days, children and teens will come home with homework in their inventory. This is unlike The Sims 2 and The Sims Stories, where they would place the homework down. They can simply "Do Homework" on their own, "Do Homework With..." another friend of their age group, or "Get Help From" an older Sim on the lot. Sims can also do someone else's homework, or copy someone's homework if that person already did it, although this can cause after school detention. Sims may stop doing homework if they are hungry, tired, have the "Stressed" moodlet, or have a low bladder meter. Sims with Bookworm and Workaholic traits, as well as Logic skill get homework done faster, and the library is a good place to study. The level of Logic skill does not increase the rate of finishing homework; only one skill point in Logic is necessary. In Supernatural, vampires also do homework faster than normal Sims, and witches may magically finish it in a matter of seconds with a chance of being Singed. Homework is a hidden skill.
Students who skip homework or do not complete it on time will receive a bad mark in the Homework area of their school performance (This can be found in the 'School' section of the Simology panel) and may get detention. Students who complete their homework on time get a good mark in this section. However, homework can be finished while at school using the "Work on Late Homework" option. However, if the teacher catches them, they may get an after school detention. Good students grow up to be good adults, so it is important that young Sims maintain good grades. If a Sim has an A when they age up, the player will be able to choose his or her next trait.[n 2]
In Generations, children can bury their homework in the sandbox, but will receive a bad grade for doing so.
The Sims 4 Edit
Once Sims become a child or teen on-screen, they will automatically receive a homework book appropriate for their life stage in their inventory, whether or not they have attended school in the past. Children will have a yellow book labeled "Grade School Homework" while teens will receive a blue book simply labeled "Homework". When a student receives a B or above from school, they will be given the option "Do Extra Credit" if they have finished the homework by clicking again on their individual homework books. Children have the ability to receive help from adults. Unlike previous games, children who neglect their homework still have a fair shot at keeping their school performance high by completing other tasks such as maintaining certain moods or building skills. If a player's Sim misplaces a homework book or ages up to a child or teen off-screen, they can purchase a new homework book for §1 from a bookcase, or simply use another Sim's homework book. Unlike previous series, a homework book is not tied to a particular Sim.
- ↑Grades are adjusted according to the amount of incomplete homework remaining on the lot, and not whether the homework was actually completed. Thus, players can simply delete homework using the moveobjects cheat, and Sims will not be penalized for it.
- ↑If the School is deleted, then the player will get to choose their next trait if the Sim was in a Good Mood.