Sims 4: Parenthood
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 décor and family fashion.
Develop parenting skills. Level 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 Sim's childhood. The 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 activities. Gather 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 household. Customize 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.
OS: Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
CPU: 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 Dual-Core 4000+ or equivalent (For computers using built-in graphics chipsets, the game requires 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.0 GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-62 or equivalent)
RAM: At least 2 GB RAM
DISC DRIVE: DVD Rom Drive required for installation only
HARD DRIVE: At least 9 GB of free space with at least 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games
VIDEO: 128 MB of Video RAM and support for Pixel Shader 3.0. Supported Video Cards: NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or better, ATI Radeon X1300 or better, Intel GMA X4500 or better
DIRECTX: DirectX 9.0,10 and 11 Compatible
INPUT: Keyboard and Mouse
ONLINE REQUIREMENTS: Internet connection required for product activation.
May 30, 2017
PC (reviewed), Xbox One, PS4, Mac
Publisher: Electronic Arts
The Sims 4: Parenthood is the 5th game pack for The Sims 4. It adds gameplay and depth to familial relationships, allowing parents to discipline and develop their children. Kids are now so much more than little Sims you watch grow up, instead becoming either tantrum-throwing messes or loved and overpowered angels.
- Sexual Content: The Sims has sex called “woohoo” in it. You never see anything, only some making out and hearts floating around, but it’s suggested. Cats & Dogs adds pet woohoo (puppies and kitties come from somewhere) but there’s nothing explicit involved. Just some hearts floating around and the pets howling or meowing as one.
With almost 400 hours sunk into The Sims series, I’ve yet to go a single playthrough without creating and growing a family. Families, like in real life, are one of the core elements of the Sims games which makes a game pack like Parenthood seem like a given. If you raise kids in The Sims 4, then Parenthood has something on offer for you.
Similar to the Generations expansion pack of The Sims 3, Parenthood fleshes out the parent to child relationship, giving each phase of pre-adulthood new content. No longer are toddlers, children, and teenagers simply mini-Sims with less abilities- now everything that you do (or don’t) during their childhood matters. Parenthood and childhood are more important than ever before, leaving both the parent and child with lifelong benefits- or scars.
The biggest parts of this pack are the new characteristics for kids and the parenting skill for adults. Kids, starting as toddlers, now have character trait bars in their personality tab. The new traits on offer are: conflict resolution, empathy, responsibility, manners, and emotional control. Depending on how you parent, a kid can have all, some, or none of these bonuses in their adult lives. And if you royally mess it up, they can even get the negative versions of these traits.
These new character trait bars make almost every interaction meaningful. Their toddler tantrums hurt their emotional control, doing their homework raises their responsibility, making a mess damages their manners, and solving the issues of their friends helps their conflict resolution- and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. If you work the system, buy the perfect toys, run through all the flashcards, and discipline their every behavior- you can truly parent the perfect, overpowered child. But, if you let them run wild (or just stop by the local park), you can watch as their trait bars go all over the place.
Successfully getting in range for these traits is quite a challenge though- which is helpful when trying to avoid the negative, but a little tedious when trying to get the positive. These traits do help your kids Sims in adult life though, making them more socially gifted, emotionally controlled, relationally skilled, and high performing at work. But here in lies part of the struggle of Parenthood- it can be a lot of work, just like real parenting. Never before has having fewer children and a stay-at-home parent made as much sense in the Sims 4- and honestly, it gets borderline overwhelming if you’re trying to crank out an army of prodigies.
But this really does add more nuance to families and parenting in The Sims 4 which didn’t exist before. The pros and cons of big families with chaos, messy floors, and occasionally calm family dinners are a lot more real now, as well as having only one kid who’s a little anti-social but gets all the attention.
And the new flavors of families don’t stop there as you can now pick your parenting style. You can be calm, firm, and strict in your discipline tactics- learning more ways to get the kids to chill as you master the parenting skill. Even beyond discipline, there’s bunches of new interactions between adults and children that allows you to be their best friend or their worst enemy. All this really allows for a lot more character and depth to families as both kids and parents have their own dynamics and personalities.
However, I will say that some of this pack is inaccessible unless you’re a little heartless or you’re set on raising the black sheep of the family. Despite a few messes, tantrums, and mood swings- I found my kids (and I’ve had many) really weren’t that misbehaved. I’ve never had to ground, punish, or really scold anybody beyond a “Hey, don’t play in the toilet, that’s gross”.
You can totally raise a complete rebel that gets in trouble hourly- but that just doesn’t happen naturally. I also found that even though my sims could have somewhat different parenting styles, most sims weren’t naturally super strict or harsh. So if you really want to be a terrible parent or child, go for it, but it’s up to you to make them that way.
Sims 4: Parenthood is a game pack that adds alot without actually adding that much. With only a few new additions to gameplay, like reward traits and the parenting skill, families in The Sims 4 become far more interesting and engaging.
Every stage of life matters in some way and, unlike those stupid childhood skills that mean nothing (still touchy about it), the character traits let parents have a lifelong impression on their kids. It also makes each life phase distinctive, instead of just a waiting game until they finally grow up and get a job, date, and maybe have kids of their own. All the added possibilities and benefits of raising a family also make multi-generational playthroughs far more engaging, encouraging you to follow your kids as they become parents and so on.
I highly recommend this game pack if you often play with or invest in families in The Sims 4. Even if you never raise the perfect child, it still adds to the whole experience of parenting, kids, and family life in meaningful, natural ways. It adds much-needed variety to a previously cut and dry part of the Simming experience. If family life isn’t your style, it may not be your cup of tea, but I’d still argue that it’s a good pack to get during the next Sims 4 sale just to add some more interest to your Sims’ lives.