Childhood phases are a mechanic for child and teen Sims introduced in The Sims 4: Parenthood. During a childhood phase, children and teens will receive temporary traits that affect their emotions and autonomous interactions.
When a Sim enters a childhood phase, a notification will appear telling the player information of the phase the Sim is entering. During a phase, parents can ask their children about the phase, which will notify of possible actions that can remove the phase more quickly. Some of the phases can also happen to both children and teenagers, though there are few which are restricted to one or the other.
All seven childhood phases grants the child or the teen behaviors that are abnormal. For example, distant Sims receive negative moodlets around family members, while clingy Sims try to stick to them the best they can.
List of childhood phases[edit | edit source]
|Clingy||This Sim feels safest when interacting with their caregiver. There is no reason to interact with others when you have such an amazing person in your life. Forcing this Sim to interact with others will stress them out.||Wants attention all the time and becomes stressed when interacting with strangers.|
|Distant||This teen has become distant. Being near and interacting with family has started to stress them out. The world just doesn't understand them.||Receives a tense moodlet when around family members.|
|I'm a Bear!||Be the Bear! This child will accept nothing less than dressing as an amazing fruit-themed ruler of the forest. It will feel unbearable to wear any other outfits.||Will autonomously change their clothing into a fruit bear costume. They will also get a sad moodlet if not wearing the outfit. Parents of the said child can wear the outfit with them.|
|Loud||This Sim is letting the world hear his/her voice! This Sim yells, makes noise on instruments, and will listen to music as loud as possible. Earplugs are advised for other family members.||Will yell more often and use instruments and stereos loudly.|
|Mean Streak||It is time to be Mean just because. This Sim is feeling nasty and will relish the chance to be Mean to other Sims.||Will autonomously be mean to other Sims and will get a happy moodlet when doing so.|
|Picky Eater||It's good to be a Picky Eater. Keep all those nasty culinary concoctions away from the Sim. They will prefer to eat their favorite Quick Meal.||Will get a sad moodlet when eating food that requires a high skill level and enjoys eating quick meals or low-level dishes.|
|Rebellious||Growing up means rebelling against the old fuddy duddy's rules. This Sim will argue with their parents more often, swear, and procrastinate when doing homework.||Will argue all the time, swear, procrastinate and break household rules.|