The Sims 4 Children Guide

School, Child Skills, Aspirations, and Raising Kids

by Pam Marsden

Children in The Sims 4
Children in The Sims 4 - Multitasking is key to running a Family

In this article, I will explain how to successfully raise a child in Sims 4. There is much more to raising a child than in Sims 3 and I personally find them to be much more enjoyable. Their interactions are cute and this helps to make up for the absence of toddlers in the game. They will keep you busy, though, so be ready!

Once a toddler ages up to child, the player will be able to choose a Childhood Aspiration and one Trait. There are 4 Aspirations to choose from: Artistic Prodigy, Rambunctious Scamp, Social Butterfly, and Whiz Kid. Of course, it's a good idea to choose a trait that goes well with the Aspiration. For example, Art Lover is a good trait to pair with Artistic Prodigy. A Sim will be a Child for 7 days on the Short lifespan, 14 days on Normal lifespan, and 52 days on Long lifespan.

School and Homework
Children will start Grade School on the first weekday after aging up to Child. Class is from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. While at school, the child will have the options for Normal, Leave School Early, Make Friends, Study Hard, and Slack Off. Just like in The Sims 3, the Make Friends option will add other children to the child's relationship panel, while also repleneshing the social need.

There will be tasks for each level working toward getting an A. The child will start with a C. To reach a grade of B, the tasks are to reach level 2 in 1 of the 4 available skills (Creativity, Mental, Motor, and Social), and Attend School while Focused. The easiest way to get into the ideal mood of Focused is to ponder moves on a Chess table just before going to School. This will give a moodlet that lasts for four hours, which is enough to accomplish the task. Completing Homework is the daily task, which functions a bit like a Career. It will help the bar move faster. Once the tasks have been completed and the meter bar goes all the way green to the right, the child will get an increase in grade.

To reach a grade of A, the child must Get 1 Skill to Level 4. Once the kid has an 'A', it's fairly easy to maintain. It's possible for grades to fall if the minimum amount of work is not done, which is to go to school every day and complete homework.

A parent can help with homework by clicking on the child once he/she has started working on it. Unassisted homework takes a little over 1 1/2 hours to complete. Having the parent help with homework cuts the time in half. The homework will be in the child's personal inventory at the time of aging up, so you can get a head start on school if you wish. Extra Credit Work becomes available after completing the regular homework if the child has at least a B grade. Just click on the homework again and it will show up. A parent may also help with Extra Credit. If homework has been missed, Makeup Homework shows up instead of Extra Credit.

Sim Children benefit from having higher Skill levels when it comes to Homework. Each Skill that they get to level 10 will increase the rate homework is done by 70%. When all Skills are maxed, Sim children will finish homework 8x faster! Thanks to DarkWalker from our Sims Community for sharing this info!

Sim Child doing Homework
Doing Homework

Skipping School
If you cancel the Go to School action at 8:00 a.m., the child will stay home. The principal will call around 10:00 a.m. and again at 3:00 p.m. every day that the child misses school. His/her grades will gradually drop first to a D and then to an F by the time grade school is finished. I didn't get any negative moodlets until my child dropped to an F and then he had an Embarrassed moodlet. It was only for a couple of days, though, because he was ready to age up to teen. There were no other negative reactions at all. When he aged to teen, I was still able to choose his Aspiration and next trait. He started high school with a C, just like everyone else. The benefit for keeping him home was that he completed his Child Aspiration of Artistic Prodigy and gained a lot of Satisfaction Points as a result.

Child Skills
As already mentioned, children have 4 skills during their childhood years. These skills are Social, Mental, Creativity, and Motor. If a child is able to reach level 10 of any of the skills, related adult skills will be unlocked for children to get a head start or a special moodlet will be given.

Here are the Adult skills that are unlocked (allowing you to gain XP) by maxing the associated Child Skill:

If you complate an Aspiration, you will get a 20% boost to learning all Adult Skills in the appropriate category when they age up. This means they can then learn the missing skills they can't yet level, like Comedy and Painting, faster.

For the Social skill, a child needs to have conversations with other Sims. Other ways to increase the Social skill are to play with the dollhouse and talk to the large stuffed animals. Reaching level 10 will unlock the Charisma and Mischief adult skills. The child will be able to gain skill points in these areas before aging to teen.

A Child is angry over something that happened at school
This child is Hitting a Stuffed Animal out of Anger over something that happened at School

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The Mental skill is gained by playing chess and using the science table. Children can also use the observatory to stargaze. Level 10 of this skill will unlock the adult skills of Logic, Video Games, and Fishing. Again, points for these skills may be gained by children before they age to teen.

A child playing chess learns the Mental Skill
Two Brothers Playing Chess to Learn Mental Skills

Creativity is gained by using the Activity Table and by playing with the dollhouse. As a child increases creativity, more kinds of drawings will be available on the Activity Table. Reaching level 10 in this skill will open the Piano and Violin skills.

Child learning creativity by using the Activity Table
Child Learning Creativity Using the Activity Table

The Motor skill can be built by using the monkey bars and jungle gym, and also by practicing typing on the computer. Adults can also have a bit of fun with the jungle gym by pretending to be a monster while children are playing. Reaching level 10 in this skill does not unlock an adult skill. It will, however, give an extra moodlet while playing on the monkey bars.

Learning the Motor Skill on Monkey Bars
Learning the Motor Skill on Monkey Bars

I found it very difficult to reach level 10 on any of the Child Skills while playing on the Normal lifespan and dealing with needs at the same time. To make this happen for my twins, I had to use cheats to keep their needs full and even had to make them skip the last day of school in a desperate push to get the last things completed in time. Playing on the Long lifespan setting will give you plenty of time to do everything you want.

Child Aspirations
Children have their own Aspirations to work on before they tackle their adult Aspirations. The Child Aspirations are Artistic Prodigy, Rambunctious Scamp, Social Butterfly, and Whiz Kid. A child's Aspiration is chosen at the time a baby ages to child, at the same time the first trait is chosen. Some detail follows.

A Child Sim playing Violin
Playing Violin Increases the Creativity Skill

Artistic Prodigy AspirationArtistic Prodigy

Total Satisfaction Gained: 1,100

Reward Trait: Creatively Gifted Children who achieve this Aspiration will build adult Creative skills faster (Painting, Instruments, Writing, Cooking).

Milestone Objectives: Have an Activity Table, and draw 2 pictures while Inspired. You must then level the Creativity skill to 5, and play with 3 toys. In the end you'll have to play instruments for 5 total hours, draw all 5 picture types on the activity table, and max the Creativity Skill.

Rambunctious Scamp AspirationRambunctious Scamp

Total Satisfaction Gained: 925

Reward Trait: Physically Gifted Learn Adult Physical Skills faster (Fitness).

Milestone Objectives: Play on a Jungle Gym while playful, and hit level 2 Motor Skill. The next stage requires you work on the Motor Skills (level 5) and Practice Typing for four hours. In the end you must master Motor Skills and make it across the monkey bars 3 times, while earning a high score on the Typing Game.

The Jungle Gym Teaches Children the Motor Skill
Learning Motor Skill on a Jungle Gym

Social Butterfly AspirationSocial Butterfly

Total Satisfaction Gained: 975

Reward Trait: Socially Gifted Learn Adult Social Skills faster (Charisma, Mischief, Comedy Skill).

Milestone Objectives: Make a Friend and meet 5 new Sims. Achieve level 5 in the Social Skill while also making a BFF. At last you must be friends with 3 other Children and 2 Adults, while also mastering the Social Skill.

Sim Children Becoming BFFs
Twin Sisters Becoming BFFs

Whiz Kid AspirationWhiz Kid

Total Satisfaction Gained: 1,175

Reward Trait: Mentally Gifted Lets the Whiz Kid learn adult Mental Skills faster (Rocket Science, Logic, Fishing, Video Gaming)

Milestone Objectives: Be read to by an adult for 2 hours and play 3 games of Chess. Next, they will need to reach level 5 Mental Skill and Finish Homework 2 times while Focused. Your Child must ultimately achieve an A in School, craft 3 Emotional Potions and master the Mental Skill.

A mother Sim reading to her Child in The Sims 4
Mother is Reading to her Child

Managing Large Families
Many players like to have large families. This is entirely possible in Sims 4. The parents simply need to keep Trying for Baby to have as many kids as they want. It does add a lot of complexity to the game and it's much more difficult with a lot of children. The best thing is to stay organized. Keep all of the kids on a schedule with sleep, meals, showers, and school. Be sure to send them to bed with all needs in the green. Otherwise, they will get up in the middle of the night for something and then will be tired for school the next morning because they won't go back to bed on their own. Sometimes it will be better to have showers in the morning so that the kids can get the moodlets they need for school. The same goes for mornings. Make sure the children have all needs met before leaving for school so they'll have a better day. A parent or other adult can make breakfast and dinner, and use the Call to Meal interaction to get everyone to the table. This will keep the entire household on a schedule and they'll be able to take care of school, homework, and tasks with little problem. If you find you're unable to make a new meal for breakfast and dinner, try making several meals at once and storing them in the refrigerator. That way, at least the kids can get leftovers and stay on schedule.

A Family Dinner in The Sims 4
Dining together keeps a Family on schedule and gives them time to visit with each other

I don't recommend a maid for helping around the house at this time. Things were getting backed up in the house with dirty showers, dirty sinks, and trash on the floor. I hired a maid for a single day's service at a price of $40 plus $20 per hour. I didn't even see her in the house, but when she left I was charged $120 and everything was still dirty. I honestly didn't see anything different at all. So, I suggest that the family members help out with chores around the house.

Keeping everyone organized and under control will become even harder if your mother keeps having kids. A family with 2 parents, a teen, and 3 children can be kept on track by feeding everyone with a good and social breakfast, getting showers as needed, then setting each Sim to a task on days when there is no school. The teen can be painting, one child playing a computer game, and twins playing chess together. They are busy and also working on important skills. It gives the parents a chance to garden together or have a nice work out in the home gym.

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How do I get twins? I've tried a few different ways to get them but they never worked. Please help
9th July 2015 4:15pm
There are no cheats to get twins. The only thing you can do is affect gender (see that on the babies guide).

Twins rate is like 10%. You may double that by getting the fertility reward. They're just not common, and as far as I know there's no cheat/mod to make it easier.
9th July 2015 6:22pm
I have seen YouTubers show the pregnancy mod, so I guess there is one. I personally don't like mods as they make the game slow.
19th September 2015 5:50pm
Please note the date on Carl's comment! It is from 2015 and was correct at the time of posting!
Obviously there are cheats for twins etc now and you will find those cheats here on the Pregnancy Guide
16th March 2017 4:10pm
I wish they weren'tf commonf or me second time trying for a baby and I got twins
30th October 2015 6:19am
So I have the sims city living and I have a option to make a house trait ley-line where your sim will have a high chance of twins with no cheats or mod my sim is currently pregnant with twins and it will give you a notification saying she has twins
3rd March 2018 8:37pm
So I have the sims city living and I have a option to make a house trait ley-line where your sim will have a high chance of twins with no cheats or mod my sim is currently pregnant with twins and it will give you a notification saying she has twins
5th March 2018 3:12pm
The first time my sim ever got pregnant she got triplets, and the next time she got twins.... I really only want 1 child at a time, I didn't even use the fertility reward. Is there a cheat to only get one baby?
14th November 2015 6:11pm
If you use a cheat for determining how many babies your sim has, you can set it to have only one child.

Here's the cheat:
first you'll need testingcheats on
then you'll need to get your pregnant sim's id number to get this type sims.get_sim_id_by_name firstname lastname
lastly you'll type in the cheat pregnancy.force_offspring_count id 1 with the id that you got for your pregnant sim

That should work to ensure that you only have one child. Hope this helped!
1st January 2016 3:58pm
If you have sims 4 city living and your living an apartment the apartment trait might be ley- line which is where you have a very high chance of twins
24th March 2018 11:57am
I get twins all the time I have 4 families and 2 of them had twins and that was first try.Laugh
21st March 2016 2:48pm
my friend got twins twice in a row while doing the hundred baby challenge. she did not have the fertility trait and did not use cheats.
16th June 2016 5:10pm
Melissa Winchester
Actually there is a way to get twins. Before woohooing have your female sim get a fertility massage while listening to kids music in a room with the kids channel on. It's a lot to do but it has worked for me every time I've done it. Also to get boys eat carrots and for girls eat strawberries. With twins to get a boy and a girl it's harder and doesn't always work but I find if you have your pregnant sim eat 10 of each spaced out over the pregnancy she will have one of each. For example, eat a strawberry then eat a carrot and so on. Hope this is helpful. :)
16th March 2017 3:28am
Please note the date on Carl's comment! It is from 2015 and was correct at the time of posting!
Obviously there are cheats for twins etc now and you will find those cheats here on the Pregnancy Guide
16th March 2017 4:09pm
Shocked I get them all the time, i not mad about it it's just weird.
26th January 2018 7:43pm
I have a problem that when I want one baby I get twins and when I want twins I get one Unsure
13th July 2015 7:24am
Happens to me all the time! I'm glad I'm not the only one!Grin
22nd May 2016 2:07pm
if you watch the children's network and read children's books you are more likely to get twins. if there is a trait that allows you to do childish things (like in the sims 3 if you were childish you could play with kids toys) then play with childish things using that trait. i think there is a kid's radio network as well so listening to that may also increase the chance of having twins/triplets.
15th July 2015 5:51am
Hold on, you guys are having problems getting twins? Seems like in my game it's a very common thing... That's strange. Oh well
19th July 2015 8:30pm
Twins and triplets are very common in my game. I don't know why, and non of my Sims ever have that fertility reward trait either. It's kinda freaky. Tongue
2nd December 2015 5:47pm
I always seem to get triplets or twins but I just make my sims do everyday activites to fill their needs
28th December 2015 6:09pm
I got triplets after increasing fertility in traits and having a fertility massage.
7th September 2015 4:34pm
Amara Deal
You probably already know this by now, but you can use a cheat to get up to 7 babies. (depending on how many people are in the family, since the max is 8) First, type testingcheats on in the box after pressing Control Shift and C. Then, type sims.get_sim_id_by_name firstname lastname and it will give you an ID for your sims. Next, type pregnancy.force_offspring_count 1341302010233 5 (for example.) Where 1341302010233 is should be your sim's ID, and where 5 is should be the number of children you want. An optional cheat is to force labor, by typing Sims.add_buff buff_pregnancy_inlabor This is good to make sure how ever many babies you have, that they are all born at once. Hope this helps! Smile
9th September 2015 7:23pm
Use a cheat, fertility potion or fertility massageGrin
14th September 2015 12:27am
Get the fertility treatment for the mom and dad...when the mom is pregnant watch the kid channel on the tv and listen to the kid radio station...I've had twins,triplets, and even quadruplets(yikes) hope this helps
29th October 2015 9:00am
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