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The Sims 4: Parenthood

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The Sims 4: Parenthood

The Sims 4: Parenthood is the fifth game pack for The Sims 4.

EA officially announced this game pack on May 16, 2017 and released it on May 30, 2017. The console version was released on June 19, 2018.

Guide Your Sims into Adulthood

Develop your Sim’s parenting skills to help shape their children’s lives into adulthood with The Sims™ 4 Parenthood. Choose when to discipline or encourage child behaviors, teach life values, and leave a lasting impact on their future. Experience fun family activities and personalize your household with new home decor and family fashion.


Develop Parenting Skills – Level up your Sim’s parenting skills to satisfy their child’s needs and influence their behaviors. Gain new abilities through experience and choosing when to discipline bad actions, encourage good behavior, or just let kids be kids.

Shape Your Sims’ Childhood – The decisions you make influence how your Sim parents and leave a lasting impact on their child’s future. Each choice shapes their personality, affects their traits, influences their family relationships, and guides their path into adulthood.

Enjoy New Family Activities – Gather your Sim’s family to participate in new activities and spend quality time with each other. Sims of all ages can work together to complete a variety of school projects, express their creativity using construction blocks, or volunteer their time for good.

Personalize Your Household – Customise your Sims’ looks and their home with new family fashion and build items. Give the kids’ bedrooms extra personality, remodel the kitchen to feel homier, and let your Sims express their sporty or artistic sides with new outfits.

New features

New gameplay objects

  • Buildems Blocks Play Table
  • Bulletin board
  • Doctor play sets
  • Private journal
  • School projects

New gameplay mechanics

Parenthood introduces character values for toddlers, children and teens, and gives parents more control over their offspring. They can be either disciplined or encouraged, both affecting their journey to adulthood. There are five different character values: Manners, Responsibility, Empathy, Conflict Resolution and Emotional Control. Character values appear in the Simology panel for Sims aged toddler to teen. Parents can encourage or discipline their children to help develop these character values. A toddler, child, or teen can affect their own character values by performing certain interactions, such as making a mess or setting the table. If Sims have a high or low enough level in any of the character values, they will receive special traits when they become young adults.

One of the other big changers to children’s character values is the new parenting skill. This skill can only be learned by Sims who are young adults or older, and helps them by having more options on raising their children. Parents with this skill can punish their children in many ways ranging from time outs to grounding, where parents can restrict certain activities. However, children can ignore these punishments, negatively affecting their character values. Children will also come to ask their parent or caregiver different questions in the form of chance cards. The higher the parenting skill is with the caregiver, more options will appear that will affect the children’s character values. When a child becomes a young adult, they will have a new type of relationship status with their parent, based on how high their friendship meter was during childhood, and how much discipline they received.

Children and teens will now sometimes bring school projects when coming home from school. These projects can be crafted together by family members older than toddlers and can be done either carefully or sloppily. Doing the project either way and with or without help will determine its quality level that are poor, good, and excellent. When children or teens bring the completed projects back to school, their performance will increase.

Toddlers, children, and teens can now experience different types of phases, ranging from picky eaters to Sims who want to dress in a bear costume. The phases are in the form of traits and affect the growing Sims actions greatly. When a Sim enters a phase, a notification will appear telling the player the news. Parents can also ask their children about the phases and will be informed ways to get rid of it.

Over 93 buy and build mode items are introduced in Parenthood, designed as very homey. Bunch of new clothing and hair styles are also included for all ages, along with a brand new aspiration called Super Parent, which is centered around raising up children to adults.



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