The Sims 4: Parenthood

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The Sims 4: Parenthood
The Sims 4: Parenthood
The Sims 4: Parenthood
Box art for The Sims 4: Parenthood
Developer(s) Maxis, The Sims Studio
Publisher(s) Electronic Arts
Series The Sims
Release date(s) May 30, 2017
June 19, 2018 (console)
Technical information
Platform(s) Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S
Mode(s) Single-player
Media Digital only
System requirements Minimum system requirements on
Game features
Genres Life simulation
Themes Family
File:Parenhood Icon.png

The Sims 4: Parenthood is the fifth game pack for The Sims 4. Its concept is similar to The Sims 3: Generations. EA officially announced this game pack on May 16, 2017[1] and released it on May 30, 2017. The console version was released on June 19, 2018.

Official description[edit | edit source]

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 SkillsLevel 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' ChildhoodThe 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 ActivitiesGather 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 HouseholdCustomise 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[edit | edit source]

New gameplay objects[edit | edit source]

New gameplay mechanics[edit | edit source]

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.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Music[edit | edit source]

Alternative[edit | edit source]

  • Avid Dancer - Little Bird

Pop[edit | edit source]

  • Sigrid - Don't Kill My Vibe
  • Charlton Pettus - Guargadon
  • Fickle Friends - Hello Hello

References[edit | edit source]

"The Sims" Chronology
Preceded by
The Sims 4: Bowling Night Stuff
March 29, 2017
The Sims series PC games Followed by
The Sims 4: Fitness Stuff
June 20, 2017
Preceded by
The Sims 4: Vampires
January 24, 2017
The Sims 4 game packs Followed by
The Sims 4: Jungle Adventure
February 27, 2018
The Sims series game packs

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