The Sims 3 - Teenagers
Raising Teens, High School, Romance and Part Time Jobs
The Sims 3 Generations expansion adds many new options and gameplay features for Teenagers. Click the link to read about the changed gameplay with the expansion.
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.
So, you've grown your little baby into a mature Teenager. Teens have much more free will than children, and there are a number of new options available to them. The transition from child to teen is one that carries a lot of responsibility. It is almost like playing with an adult Sim with some simple changes. Let's go over the options for teens.
School is practically the same. High School is one hour shorter than elementary school, running from 9AM(8 bus) to 2PM. Make sure your Teenager Sim does their homework and goes to school regularly, and in a good mood. Having a good grade in High School will ensure that you are able to select your Teen's trait when they transition from Teenager to Young Adult.
School is also a great place to forge friendships, and maybe even fall in love. Your Teen can start adulthood with a full selection of friends, acquaintances and maybe even a romantic interest or two.
Teenagers in the Sims 3 are able to do everything up to making out. So, without a mod teens can't WooHoo or get Pregnant, and there is no cheat for this. They are also age-restricted in who they can date. Teens can only date other teenagers. No cradle robbing here!
Learning Skills as a Teenager in The Sims 3
Sims 3 Teens can now do anything an adult can do, related to skills. They can now cook meals and repair/upgrade objects. It's a good time to develop interests in skills that may steer them toward a lifetime wish, if one hasn't been chosen. They can even make money using skills.
Out and About: Teen Sims Can Drive!
Teenagers in the Sims 3 can drive, and have an extended curfew. They're able to be out until 11, when if caught, they'll be brought home by police and get into an argument with the parents. Being out late gives them a mood boost. What's more, they can do all this while having the ability to drive cars.
If your Sim bought their teen a car, and you'd like to give them ownership, to make sure they drive that certain car, select change ownership to only them.
Part Time Jobs
Teenagers can get a part time job. They are low pay, and require few hours from your Sim. It may be helpful to fulfill wishes, or for ambitious or workaholic Sims, but I'd recommend using a skill to make money if money is the only motivation.
Teenager Sims can apply at one of the following locations to get a part time job (read for comparisons). They all work three hours a day, five days a week. The top level (job level 3) job always pays either $80 or $88 an hour.
Making the Most of the Teenage Years
Teens who want to be successful almost immediately upon becoming young adults should work hard in school. Aim for good grades, and ensure that you get to select their trait when they grow to young adults. The teen years are long, and you have a lot of time to work on skills. Focus on the skills that will help them to one day achieve their lifetime wish. A trained teenager can get a jump start into any career track or profession they're prepared for.
Make the last birthday party of childhood a big one, the responsibility begins after the festivities end. Hopefully, your Sim is now prepared for adulthood and all of its challenges.
Sign in to Mod The Sims
Originally Posted by esmesqualor
I think he left it on a table in one of my parks. Seriously, it's been there the last three times I've visited.
I had cassandra goth leave her homework at my sims house. I'm not sure of the long term effect of non playable sims not having homework on them, but I do know homework completion isn't linked to the actual homework book like it was in Sims 3. School progress has the same progress bar and similar requirments as careers. If you hover over the progress bar, you will see that the daily requirement is homework. I think all they have to do is complete the homework and it gets registered on the progress bar as completed. After that they can go to school without the book itself and get credit for homework as long as it says completed on the progress bar daily task.
Originally Posted by esmesqualor
That's good to know, but I'm a little worried that the lots don't reset.
I don't think the lots do reset. I know the public spaces don't. I bbq'd at one of them, left the food on the table after eating, went back a couple days later and the plate of food was still there.