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PostSubject: Oh These Kids! A Parenthood Challenge   Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:47 pm

Oh These Kids! A Parenthood Challenge
Note: This can be played with Base game or with the Parenthood Pack.
Inspired by Perfect Children Challenge by @Nicarra60
Credit link in next post.
Basic challenge guide from the original.
Four Children each with a different aspiration goal.
Traits and appearance are players choice.
Lifespan on Normal.
Each child must complete their assigned aspiration before their Teen birthday.
Additional aspirations can also be completed.
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Parenting Pack offers additional opportunities to influence their Character Values including
Manners, Responsibility, Conflict Resolution, Compassion and Emotional Control.
With this in mind each child should be encouraged to develop these values.
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Childhood Challenge is complete when each child becomes a Teen.
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Bonus play with Parenthood pack.
Continue to play thru Teen years.
Goal: Maximize at least one skill.
Goal: Use Parent Skills to influence Character Values to gain either a Positive or Negative trait.
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Teen Challenge is complete when each child becomes a Young Adult.
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PostSubject: Re: Oh These Kids! A Parenthood Challenge   Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:49 pm

How to start the Challenge
Create the family in CAS to include the four children and one or two Parents/Caregivers.
For a longer challenge you could start with Toddlers if you really really want to go crazy.

Alternate Start: Start with at least one Parent/Caregiver plus two Toddlers or Children.
The other two children can be added by adoption or being born into the family.

Gallery Tags: #TS4Parenthood #TS4PerfectChild #OhTheseKids
Short Link: http://tinyurl.com/OhTheseKids

Remember each child needs to start with a different Child Aspiration.
The Parents/Caregivers may have any traits or aspirations to help the children with their goals.
Using the starter funds place the household anywhere except San Myshuno.
A house will work out much better and allow more space than an apartment.
Lot Traits can help enhance certain skills. Newcrest has lots close to a spot with a Jungle Gym (the Ship) or a spot with Monkey Bars for Motor Skills and meeting more Sims.
Also consider somewhere close to a Fishing spot to gain Mental Skill.
Creativity can be gained by gazing at the Clouds or Stars. Additionally a computer, drawing table, chemistry table, toys, a Music instrument and a chess set are required to complete aspirations.
-Parenthood Pack also includes a diary (Creativity/Writing) and school projects.
The school projects are a great family interaction tool and enhance different skills as well as contribute to building Character Values.


Credit: Perfect Children by Nicarra60
Modified by EuphorialQueen with permission

#OhTheseKids #TS4PerfectChild #TS4Parenthood


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PostSubject: Oh These Kids! A Parenthood Challenge   Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:53 pm

Game play Tips:
Parents/Caregivers should make money from home by Writing, Collecting, Crafting etc to allow ample time with the children.
Creativity Skill - Drawing Table, Playing Instruments, Star/Cloud Gazing, Playing with Toys
Mental Skill - Playing Chess or Fishing or playing Arithmetic Attack game on computer
Motor Skill - Jungle Gym, Monkey Bars, Dancing, Practicing Typing on the computer or Asking for Typing Tips
Social - Text, Chat in Child Chat rooms or Talk to other Sims using Socials with the special icon
Parents can "Encourage" a child at the drawing table to enhance the creative mood.
Parents can Read to Child/Children for kids to gain Fun.
Children can take Vacation days off to have extra time to build skills.
Parents with enough Writing skill can write an excuse to give kids an extra day off.
Form groups of two or more to have children do homework or other activities together saves time and promotes Social interactions.
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PostSubject: Re: Oh These Kids! A Parenthood Challenge   Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:35 am

What an exciting challenge! I just might be interested in doing this. Would I have to post anything, like progress and such on the official forum or can it just be posted here?
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PostSubject: Re: Oh These Kids! A Parenthood Challenge   Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:39 pm

Mamajanaynay wrote:
What an exciting challenge! I just might be interested in doing this. Would I have to post anything, like progress and such on the official forum or can it just be posted here?
You may comment or post progress here.
Right now this is exclusive to our forum. 
It will be on the main Sims forum by next week.
When you play let me know if you have issues or suggestions for options to include.
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PostSubject: Re: Oh These Kids! A Parenthood Challenge   Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:09 pm

Okay thanks! I'm going to read through it again after supper.

So the normal amount of money to start out is what is given after CAS and you select a lot for them to move into? Am I understanding that correctly? Can we use the cheat "free real estate" to move the family into a home?


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PostSubject: Re: Oh These Kids! A Parenthood Challenge   Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:23 pm

So here's what I did. My family started out with 30,000 simoleons after CAS. I had a starter home in my library that I was able to plop down on the lot and they still had like 9,000(?) simoleons left over. I had to add an additional 2 bedrooms and supplied them with beds, windows, doors, carpeting, etc. And they still have like a little over 4,000 left I think. I had the dad find a job right away. Mom will stay home and try to keep up with the toddlers.

Here is my family:

Meet The Bowen's

From left to right:

Kole, Kaitlin (mom), Mathias, Omar (dad), Raiden and Charlee


Day 1:

Charlee is well on her way in achieving her aspiration goal: Artistic Prodigy and she has acquired two skills.



Mathias isn't doing so well as far as working towards his aspiration, Motor. He has also acquired two skills.



Toddlers, Kole and Raiden have begun their potty training, playing with the blocks, motor and talking skills.

**I hope I'm doing this right! shy **
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PostSubject: Re: Oh These Kids! A Parenthood Challenge   Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:26 pm

Perfect! What a beautiful family. 
Cannot wait to see how everything works out.
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PostSubject: Re: Oh These Kids! A Parenthood Challenge   Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:26 am

Thanks EQ! I will post how day 2 went once I get in game. I ended it yesterday with them going on day 3, so kids are at school now and the dad was off to work. Oh and both parents are at Parenthood skill level of 4! Mathias and Charlee have also increased their skills and acquired new ones as well.
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PostSubject: Re: Oh These Kids! A Parenthood Challenge   Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:13 pm

Day 2:

Charlee is doing good on her skills, but I just can't seem to keep her in the "inspired" mood long enough for her to complete the task of completing 2 drawings while inspired. She is also improving in one area of Character values.




Mathias is doing excellent in his skills, and Character values. He is also on his way in his aspiration goal. I was able to have enough simoleons from dad going to work to buy them the monkey bars. cheers





Toddlers, Kole and Raiden are coming right along with their skills (It's funny how they are running about neck and neck in their skill development!)

Kole's


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PostSubject: Re: Oh These Kids! A Parenthood Challenge   Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:23 pm

You are doing quite well.
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Charlee is doing good on her skills, but I just can't seem to keep her in the "inspired" mood long enough for her to complete the task of completing 2 drawings while inspired.
Once the child sits done and starts to draw pause the game. This will give you a chance to either select another Sim and "Call over to see" or have a Parent (or Teen or any Sim older than Child) to "Encourage".
This will keep the child Inspired while drawing.
I also discovered some lot traits will make a child Playful instead of inspired.
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PostSubject: Re: Oh These Kids! A Parenthood Challenge   Tue Jun 20, 2017 5:51 pm

EuphorialQueen wrote:
You are doing quite well.
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Charlee is doing good on her skills, but I just can't seem to keep her in the "inspired" mood long enough for her to complete the task of completing 2 drawings while inspired.
Once the child sits done and starts to draw pause the game. This will give you a chance to either select another Sim and "Call over to see" or have a Parent (or Teen or any Sim older than Child) to "Encourage".
This will keep the child Inspired while drawing.
I also discovered some lot traits will make a child Playful instead of inspired.

Thanks for the tip EQ! My lot traits are Good schools, Childs play and Private dwelling.

I have just 10 days left till both Charlee and Mathias have their teen birthday! eeek
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PostSubject: Re: Oh These Kids! A Parenthood Challenge   Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:24 pm

Quick update, Mathias has been able to move onto the second phase of completing aspiration goal. applause



Charlee is still unable to get past the first phase which is drawing two pictures while inspired. I have tried everything! They are both 9 day's away from aging up. I fear that she may fail at completing her aspiration goal. Sad  On the positive side, she has managed to get to level 5 of the creativity skill! applause

There is just not enough sim time during the day. It goes by soo quick!
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PostSubject: Re: Oh These Kids! A Parenthood Challenge   Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:45 pm

What is the mood that Charlee  has instead if being Inspired?
The Child's Play could lot trait could be interfering. 
Take the kids to the library or the San Myshuno Art Center absmd see if she keepe the Inspired mood long enough to complete that stage.
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PostSubject: Re: Oh These Kids! A Parenthood Challenge   Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:42 pm

EuphorialQueen wrote:
What is the mood that Charlee  has instead if being Inspired?
The Child's Play could lot trait could be interfering. 
Take the kids to the library or the San Myshuno Art Center absmd see if she keepe the Inspired mood long enough to complete that stage.

She has the playful mood and I'll try taking her to the library. I really hope that works, this is driving me crazy! Mad
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PostSubject: Re: Oh These Kids! A Parenthood Challenge   Fri Jun 23, 2017 7:18 pm

@Mamajanaynay
UGH I am having a similar problem with the Mental Aspiration.

"Finish homework two times while focused".
They start out focused and right before finishing they change to Confident.

Added one of those special Plumbob lights to enhance Focus but still need to get the timing right.

And hope they do not leave that area to do homework.

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PostSubject: Oh These Kids! A Parenthood Challenge   Sun Jun 25, 2017 8:08 am

Wanted to test an alternate option. I already had Ivana B. Riche with her two younger siblings in my gallery. With the Parenthood pack I can use the option in game for Ivana to be adopted as caregiver,
This allows her to act as a parent without them being her children.

Riche Family - Originally shared with Parker as a Teen
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Ivana (YA) Snob - Materialistic - Foodie / Aspiration Fabulously Wealthy
Siblings Parker (aged down to Child) Trait Outgoing /Assigned Aspiration Social Butterfly - Completed 1 day before Teen birthday.
and Madalyn(Child) Active /Assigned Aspiration Whiz Kid /Did not achieve "A" grade.
Did complete Rambunctious Scamp 5 days before Teen birthday




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PostSubject: Re: Oh These Kids! A Parenthood Challenge   Sun Jun 25, 2017 8:16 am

Ivana and her siblings Parker and Madalyn

Completing a school project.



Ivana writes books at home to earn some money.


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PostSubject: Re: Oh These Kids! A Parenthood Challenge   Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:42 pm

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@Mamajanaynay
UGH I am having a similar problem with the Mental Aspiration.

"Finish homework two times while focused".
They start out focused and right before finishing they change to Confident.

Added one of those special Plumbob lights to enhance Focus but still need to get the timing right.

And hope they do not leave that area to do homework.

Suspect  Head Desk

Head Desk I completely spaced those lights! Will need to give that a try too!
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PostSubject: Re: Oh These Kids! A Parenthood Challenge   Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:38 pm

Ivana being the older Sister and Adopted as Caregiver she could meet the goals for the “Super Parent” aspiration. It did not work for all of the Family Aspirations. Big Happy Family /Successful Lineage Aspirations requirement "Socialize with your Child 10 Times" cannot be met in this circumstance.
The role of Parent does carry thru the Teen years for her siblings. With two aspirations (Social Butterfly and Rambunctious Scamp) down and two to go Ivana adopted a beautiful daughter named Heaven. Heaven (Child) has the Gloomy trait and already had the Artistic Prodigy Aspiration. applause
Her grades were staying at a "C" level and I happened to check the lot traits ... Head Desk Forgot to add the "Good Schools" lot trait. No wonder Parker and Madalyn did not have better grades.
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PostSubject: Re: Oh These Kids! A Parenthood Challenge   Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:14 pm

Heaven has completed the Artistic Prodigy Aspiration at 7 days before her Teen birthday
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PostSubject: Re: Oh These Kids! A Parenthood Challenge   Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:03 am


Parker - Social Butterfly / Leader of the Pack
Madalyn - Rambuctious Scamp / Body Builder /Leader of the Pack
Heaven - Artistic Prodigy / (?)
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PostSubject: Re: Oh These Kids! A Parenthood Challenge   Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:22 am

Edited to Add:
Alternate Start: Start with at least one Parent/Caregiver plus two Toddlers or Children.

The other two children can be added by adoption or being born into the family.

Gallery Tags: #TS4Parenthood #TS4PerfectChild #OhTheseKids
Remember each child needs to start with a different Child Aspiration.
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PostSubject: Re: Oh These Kids! A Parenthood Challenge   Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:00 pm

Quick update on my little family.

Charlee has mastered the creativity skill cheers  *Thanks EQ  BlowingKiss  on the tip for using the plumbob lamp! It worked! Celebrate Once she was able to complete draw two pictures while inspired, the rest were easy. 6 days till she ages to a teenager and she just has to draw the remaining 3 pictures at the creative table.*



Mathias is struggling a bit, but I finally managed to get him to level 5 of the motor skill, now onto level 10! Woo! He also will age up to teenager in 6 days.



Both Raiden and Kole are now children.



This is where Raiden was before aging up to child


Reward trait






I forgot to get a shot of Kole's skills before aging up but he didn't do as well as Raiden

Kole's skill level after aging to child


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PostSubject: Re: Oh These Kids! A Parenthood Challenge   Thu Jun 29, 2017 2:06 pm

thumbs up applause  Great going! I have had a child complete at least one of each Child Aspiration.
Another child has been adopted and is working (sort of) on being Whiz Kid.
That "A" grade could be the killer.
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