The Sims 4 Parenthood Game Pack is Out Now!

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The Sims™ 4 Parenthood* Game Pack is now available on Origin for PC and Mac, and we’ve talked about the effects of being a good (or bad) parent with Character Values, as well as the parenting skill and the new problems you may need to discipline. Today, we’re going to talk about some of the side things that may or may not affect these other aspects, but are just plain fun on the surface level.

By far the coolest object in The Sims 4 Parenthood, and one of the coolest we’ve ever done, is the school project. Children and teens will be sent home from school with new school projects. They’re like extra credit, going above and beyond homework. There are several projects, including an architectural bridge and even a backyard rocket. Even better, there’s a wide range of outcomes, including a shoddy, sputtering volcano, or a magnificent two-stage homemade rocket.

Another emotional favorite for me is the sack lunch. My mom used to always pack me a sack lunch every day for school. It’s one of those significant touches that really show the day-to-day work of a parent – and it’s a wonderful Simsy touch.

Children looking to flex their creative muscle can build with blocks, even with their siblings or parents, to have a blast and create wondrous, blocky shapes. Or, children with the new teddy bear doctor play set can practice with their stethoscope to listen for its fluffy, cotton-stuffed heart. It’s so dang cute!

There are other great story objects, like the family bulletin board for leaving notes and setting curfew, or the journal, where teenagers can leave their innermost thoughts (for their jerk older brother to find!).

The Sims 4 Parenthood is packed with activities that are all about the family life at home. When your Sims aren’t teaching their children how to be better citizens, or ignoring their most glaring faults, they can sit back and watch their children learn empathy with their toy bear or new creative skills playing with blocks.

The Sims 4 Parenthood is a visual feast for the eyes and there’s just so much to do. We can’t wait to see what creations and stories you bring to life with the new content.

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*Requires The Sims 4 game (sold separately) and all game updates to play.

Become a Super Parent with New Parenting Skill!

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Hello again! We’re back for another family meeting. We’ve already discussed Character Values, which are the reason your Sims will now care about how their children are raised. Character Values will convey permanent Traits to your Sims, which means they might be upstanding citizens, or the town miscreants, or…something in between.

However, it isn’t sufficient to tell you about the final destination. The journey itself is important, which is why today we’re telling you all about those actual parenting moments. These are the minute-to-minute choices and decisions your Sims will have to make with permanent consequences.

Many of the behaviors your Sims have always performed are now tied fully into the Character Values system. This means children who get into fights, burp, or complete their homework will be rewarded accordingly. However, you don’t get excited about Game Packs to see gassy complications, which is why we’ve also filled it with new content!

Sims of all ages can now throw tantrums and have absolute emotional meltdowns. Teens have dramatic mood swings, and trust us, you’ll see it when it happens. Siblings will pick on each other with a variety of new socials, including the rather feral new Bite interaction from Toddlers. And be sure to keep an eye out for young children, as they may throw paint all over the ground.

It’s not all bad, though! Families can hug it out; children can be sent to time out; and families can volunteer together to do some public good and right their wrongs. A young child can set the table before dinner, leading to a perfectly family dinner, and parents can send their children off to school with a lovingly packed sack lunch. When the teens aren’t listening, you can also set curfew and hope they obey.

The Parenting Skill is powerful and as Sims level up their Skills they’re granted powerful new interactions. Parents can go from nobodies to super moms and dads, and it’s quite something to see. Sims build their Parenting Skill by disciplining their children, primarily. As they level up, they can give parenting tips to others, help solve negative emotional Moodlets and Need Moodlets on their children, and even gain the ability to influence their children to change their behavior.

There’s some powerful stuff here! It’s a full tool set for your Sims to explore their parenting ninjitsu as they groom and mold their offspring. But, don’t take our word for it. Try out The Sims™ 4 Parenthood when it launches worldwide for PC and Mac via Origin on May 30, 2017.

How will your Sims raise their children? Which new behaviors excite you the most? Tell us in the forums or on social media! Be sure to check out our latest trailer highlighting game play features.

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*Requires The Sims 4 game (sold separately) and all game updates to play.

Learn All About Character Values in The Sims 4 Parenthood Game Pack

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Hey Simmers! We don’t expect you to fully join the family without knowing more details about The Sims™ 4 Parenthood Game Pack, which is why we’re here today to discuss Character Values.

Young Sims growing up are still trying to figure out how to become productive adults and their Parents are there to help guide them down the right road by instilling strong Character Values. Or, if your Sims are more ambivalent in their parenting, their children’s weak Character Values will manifest into their (probably miserable) adulthood. What’s so great about this feature is that it represents how your Sims play, and there’s so much diversity in the outcomes that you can play The Sims 4 Parenthood Game Pack for generations.

We’re going to discuss how your Sims can guide (or ignore) their children in a future blog, but today, we want to discuss Character Values. Specifically, the outcome. There are five different Character Values, each with a positive and negative outcome. The five Character Values are Manners, Responsibility, Conflict Resolution, Empathy, and Emotional Control.
As soon as Sims age up from Babies to Toddlers, their Character Values appear in their Simology panel. When Sims age up from Teenagers to Young Adults, their Character Values disappear and the Sims are given permanent Traits that reflect their upbringing.

The Character Values are representations of your young Sims activities. As they perform activities that are positively associated with a Character Value, it’ll increase their positive access. If Sim parents encourage and praise these behaviors, that will also increase it. However, when Sims perform negative activities that are negatively associated with a Character Value, or a parent praises these activities, it has the opposite effect.

How about an example?

Let’s say a Sim mother wants her child to have good Manners. She might teach her child to Say Please and Thank you, or Set the Table. And she’ll likely discipline any bad manners her child exhibits. But perhaps, you’re more interested in a young, ill-mannered rogue? Your Sim’s child may start Swearing, or will wantonly burp and fart around the household. And if not curbed, these can have a permanent effect!

Let’s continue this example. Let’s say this child becomes a teenager, then a Young Adult. Their Character Values are set! If the mother didn’t curb the negative behaviors, the child will gain the Bad Manners Trait. This will unlock new socials, like Point Out Flaws, for one. The Sim will have Whims to Swear, indicating their personal desires to act with bad manners. They’ll also change their autonomous behavior, such as preferring Rude interactions, or failing to clean the dishes.

But, perhaps the mother did invest her time into creating a well-mannered child? Then, they earn the Good Manners Trait. Sims with this Trait always clean up dishes, act politely when introducing themselves to others, and never act rudely on their own. They build Friendships more quickly and, if they have to fart, they only do it in certain circumstances…

Beyond this, all Character Values lead to new Chance Cards catered to Sims based on their Traits – which means you’ll be making tough choices for your Sims throughout their lives based on their upbringing. It’s exciting and full of humor, unexpected twists, and is the perfect opportunity or new stories.

Character Values are such a great Sims feature. They’re the perfect combination of serious and silly consequences based on your choices and the stories you tell. With five Character Values, and two Traits for each, there is so much variety in how your Sims grow up, which means you can play The Sims 4 Parenthood Game Pack for so many generations.

What stories will you tell? Which bad behaviors will your Sims scold? What behaviors will they praise?

These choices, and more, are yours to make when The Sims 4 Parenthood Game Pack ships worldwide on May 30, 2017 on Origin for PC and Mac.

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*Requires The Sims 4 game (sold separately) and all game updates to play.