Sometimes in The Sims 4, you might not feel like making a sexy vampire, trying to get a ghost pregnant or using cheat codes to get unlimited money (or to make your Sims die of embarrassment). No, sometimes you just want to raise a virtual child into a good, productive member of Sim society. To that end, you must make sure they do their homework and do well in school.
If you want your Sims 4 child to be a real overachiever, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to make sure your Sim grows up to be the gibberish-spewing adult you can really be proud of.
How to do homework in Sims 4: What homework does
According to Carl's Sims 4 Guide Community poster Pam Marsden, homework is part of the equation in getting your child Sim to get an A in their studies. Homework is a bit like a career for a Sim child, and normally takes a little over an hour and a half of game time to complete.
By doing homework, you help raise that Sim's bar faster. Eventually you'll gain access to extra credit once your child has a B grade in school, which allows you to raise your bar even faster.
How to do homework in Sims 4: Why it matters
Children, much like the adult Sims they become, have skills that can increase in level as you play. For children, these four skills are Mental, Social, Creativity and Motor.
Although you'll need to increase at least one of these skills to level two in order for that Sim to get a B in their studies, it's well worth it to invest the time into maxing some of those skills. For every childhood skill you get to level 10, your Sim gets a 70% boost to the rate at which they complete homework. Max all four for a 208% boost!
In addition, each child skill you max out gives you access to a few adult skills, so your virtual child can get a head start on their adult development.
How to do homework in Sims 4: How to speed up the process
In addition to maxing out childhood skills for a boost to their homework productivity, you can also enlist your adult Sims in their child's development, assuming they're related. Once a child has started doing their homework, you can have one of their parents assist them by clicking on the child.
As previously stated, homework normally takes about an hour and a half to complete, but with parental assistance, that time is cut in half. If you combined that with the bonuses from maxing the childhood skills, your Sims will be completing their homework at a seriously fast rate. Adults can also help their children with the extra credit work they unlock after completing their normal homework with a B. So take advantage of that.
Manage your time and skills training effectively, and your Sims will be more than prepared for high school and beyond.
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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.