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.
The Sims 4 Cheats
Full List of Cheat Codes & Console Commands for PC/Mac
Traits & Rewards
Get to Work
Other Cheat Guides
How to Cheat
To use cheats in The Sims 4, press Control + Shift + C to toggle the console on and off. You do this on console by pressing all four shoulder buttons simultaneously. Press enter after typing the cheat. For many cheats, you must also use testingcheats on or they will not work. Most cheats are used in live mode (F2).
Sims 4 Cheats
|Cheat||What it Does|
|testingcheats on||Enables testing cheats in The Sims 4|
|kaching||Money cheat that gives the family $1000|
|motherlode||Gives the family $50,000 Simoleans|
|resetsim firstname lastname||Resets a stuck Sim back to the home lot.|
|death.toggle true/false||Disables death|
|headlineeffects on/off||Enables or disables headline effects (good for screenshots).|
|freerealestate on/off||Makes homes free when typed while shopping for a house.|
|household.autopay_bills true/false||Enable or disable bills for the household|
|sims.remove_all_buffs||Removes all moodlets from your Sim. Positive ones (such as high needs/environment) will come back.|
|fps on/off||Display the game's frames per second, useful when tuning graphics settings.|
|hovereffects on/off||Disable hover effect when you mouse-over a Sim|
|fullscreen||Toggle fullscreen/windowed mode|
|bb.moveobjects||Allows you to move objects anywhere you want, good for building. Use the 9 and 0 keys to adjust the item you're 'holding'.|
|bb.showhiddenobjects||The old buydebug cheat - lets you buy many hidden objects.|
|bb.enablefreebuild||Build anywhere, even on locked lots.|
|bb.ignoregameplayunlocksentitlement||Ignore Gameplay Unlocks Entitlement - lets you buy items locked by careers.|
|sims.give_satisfaction_points x||Gives a Sim x amount of satisfaction points with which you can buy rewards. Sims.give_satisfaction_points 5000 for example.|
|fillmotive x||use fillmotive motive_energy or fillmotive motive_hunger|
Build Mode Cheats
We've got build mode cheats listed above, but you can learn a lot more about using them by visiting the Building Cheats page.
Pregnancy and Multiple Birth Cheats
You can use relationship cheats to Try for Baby quickly, and follow up with a cheat once the Sim is pregnant in order to force the Sim into labor. You can also cheat to get twins, triplets, quadruplets, or more! Find this near the end of the Pregnancy Guide.
Cheats to Make a Sim a Ghost
Head to the Ghosts guide for Cheats to turn a Sim into a ghost of any kind, based on the death type. You can also skip Ambrosia or the Book of Life and make a Sim who's died back into a normal Sim by removing this ghost trait once they've been added back to your family.
To enable Testing Cheats, open the console with Left CTRL+Shift+C (press/hold in that order) or by pressing all four shoulder buttons on console and type testingcheats on. To disable them, type testingcheats off. The cheat console will say, "Cheats Enabled". If it does not, you can try other options: testingcheats 1, testingcheats true, and testingcheats yes all work to enable the cheats. You must do this every time you load an area until a bug is fixed. Here are the things you can do with testingcheats - note that this command is also necessary for the extra cheats further down.
Shift-click on PS4/Xbox Consoles - Shift clicking on xbox/ps4 is obviously not possible. You enable this option by pressing X+O (PS4) or A+B (Xbox One).
Shift-Click the Mailbox to access the ability to stop need decay for your current household or the entire neighborhood (effectively make everyone happy). Disable Need Decay will make needs stop falling; re-enabling them is as simple as selecting Enable Need Decay. Make Happy will then fill needs to the maximum. You can do this on an individual Sim level by Shift-Clicking Your Sims. This will let you select to make only that Sim's needs static or make them happy by filling all needs. You are also able to completely redesign a Sim by shift-clicking them and selecting Modify in CAS. This takes you to Create-A-Sim where you can make the Sim look however you want, but not change their gender or traits.
To fully edit a Sim in Create-a-Sim, type cas.fulleditmode with Testing Cheats On. This will let you change the gender, traits, everything, and is much more powerful than the scaled down version you get without typing this cheat. Thanks Pokeh321 for giving me this information.
Shift-Clicking NPC Sims will allow you to add them to your household or reset them if they get stuck. You should also be able to enable/disable need decay and make them happy if you so choose - good if your Sim's date has to leave due to being tired! You can also Edit them in CAS if you like.
Shift-Clicking the Ground will allow you to Teleport anywhere you could walk in the neighborhood. Shift-Clicking Objects allows you to reset them, should something get stuck or broken.
Shift-Clicking Objects, for those that can get dirty, allows you to either make them dirty or clean - all objects can be reset, as well.
Customize the size of Items - Enlarge or Shrink - This only works while in build mode, as changing object size requires you to be able to fit it somewhere. Take the object you want to change size of and Press Shift + ] to make it bigger. You can shrink objects down to one tile by using Shift + [ or using Control + Z to undo your changes. Press this too much and it will grow enormously. The controls for this are a little wonky, so experimentation is recommended. I press control + ] then move the object to see the change. This is necessary. Thankfully, if you go overboard like in the picture above you can always undo it and shrink the object down to a size you like.
Skill, Career, and Aspiration Cheats
Powerful Hidden Cheats
With the permission of TwistedMexi, a Simmer who took the time to look into The Sims 4's source code and find all the developer cheats, I am listing the cheats that help with Sims 4's Skills, Careers, and other common things here. You can find a full list of cheats TwistedMexi has discovered here. The Wiki is being updated with newly discovered cheats, so you might find something that helps you a lot there.
Testingcheats on should be enabled, as some cheats will not work without it. Skill/Career cheats affect the selected Sim.
Money X - Type Money 50000 or 1000000, whatever you like, and your family will have that amount exactly. This can be used to subtract funds, because it sets the money to whatever amount you specify.
Satisfaction/Aspiration Cheats - Type aspirations.complete_current_milestone and you will get all the satisfaction from completing that milestone and move on to the next, one stage closer to the special trait you get for completing the aspiration. You can do this repeatedly until you have every Reward trait and gobs of satisfaction. It's listed above but bears repeating here: sims.give_satisfaction_points gives the selected Sim an amount of satisfaction equal to what you enter. sims.give_satisfaction_points 50000 would give you 50k.
Infinite Consumables - One-time use potions can be bought with satisfaction. You may also milk Cow Plants that have killed Sims to get a potion that increases a Sim's lifespan. You can make these consumables infinite by using the objects.consumables_infinite_toggle Cheat. This can allow you to always get a particular emotion, or make a Sim immortal with aging still on.
Remove negative moodlets by typing Sims.remove_all_buffs. This will take away positive as well, but you can get those back. The link to TwistedMexican's wiki has a list of all buffs, which can be added/removed individually.
While already in the career you want (via normal hiring from the phone or computer) and with testingcheats on, type Careers.promote X - for example careers.promote astronaut would promote your Sim to the next level in the Astronaut career. Any Careers that have multiple words should contain no spaces, for example careers.promote secretagent.
careers.demote X also works, causing a Sim to go back a level. You cannot use this to go back to the branch choice for a career - if you're at the first level of a branch, you'll be fired using this. If you don't know which branch you want, check out the linked Career guides to see the benefits and pay of each. The Careers Guide also has a table to compare careers.
To quickly get multiple promotions, copy the command below for the career you're in - just the careers.promote x part - and paste it into the game's command line with Control - V (Command-V on Mac). Paste it until you're level 10!
Raise a Sim's grades with careers.promote gradeschool or careers.promote highschool. You can lower them as well with careers.demote gradeschool/highschool.
Type Stats.set_skill_level major_X with X being the level of skill you'd like the selected Sim to be. Note the different syntax for fitness and children's skills in the list below. If you cannot get skill cheats to work try stats.set_skill_level adultmajor_x. You can find _ near the backspace key on your keyboard.
With testingcheats on, type Stats.set_skill_level major_handiness 10 - make handiness 10. Note the Major_ before the skill name. If you did this, you'd see the level 10 popup. If you want to see what unlocks with each level, read the linked guide or adjust it by 1 each time so that you can see information on each new level. Here are all the skills in Sims 4, which you can cheat to max. Beside each, there's a link to the associated Skill Guide so that you can learn how to use it!
To max all cheats quickly, copy stats.set_skill_level major_ and paste it into your command console in-game. Finish the command with the skill, then the level. This doesn't work for fitness so you need to copy that line. Remember Photography caps at 5.
Toddler Skill Cheats
Toddler Guide - toddler skills cap at 5, potty is maxed at level 3.
All skill cheats begin with stats.set_skill_level see full cheat on communication skill example below
- Statistic_Skill_Toddler_Communication X - So type:
stats.set_skill_level statistic_skill_toddler_communication 5
- Statistic_skill_toddler_imagination X
- Statistic_skill_toddler_movement X
- Statistic_skill_toddler_potty X - Caps at 3!
- Statistic_skill_toddler_thinking X
Children's Skill Cheats
Guide to Children's Skills
- Skill_Child_Creativity - so stats.set_skill_level skill_child_creativity 10
You can influence Emotions slightly by adding buffs to Sims, though you may need happy or other boosts to put them at 'Very Inspired' or add more negative buffs to make a Sim super-embarrassed (Mortified). Here are some I took from TwistedMexi's wiki which I'm using with his permission. Use Sims.add_buff X, for example Sims.add_buff social_happy:
- Energized: EnergizedLow or EnergizedHigh (do not stack, high gives +2 Energized)
- Flirty: FlirtyLow or FlirtyHigh (do not stack, high gives +2 Flirty)
- Inspired: InspiredLow or InspiredHigh (do not stack, high gives +2 Inspired)
- Focused: FocusedLow or FocusedHigh (do not stack, high gives +2 Focused)
- Playful: PlayfulLow or PlayfulHigh (do not stack, high gives +2 Playful)
- Sad: SadLow or SadHigh (do not stack, high gives +2)
- Angry: Social_Angry, e_Buff_Angry, feelingangry, unfaithful (these all stack)
- Happy: Social_Happy or e_Buff_Happy (these two stack, adding Happiness)
- Uncomfortable: e_buff_uncomfortable
- Embarrassed: e_buff_embarrassed, peedself (these two stack)
Trait, Reward & Aspiration Reward Cheats
Traits can be equipped to Sims, as well as Satisfaction Point Rewards and those you earn for completing Aspirations. The cheat to add/remove them is Traits.equip_trait X or Traits.Remove_trait X. Most Traits boil down to TheNameWithNoSpaces or Underscore_as_space in between those with multiple names. When new content comes out, you can try the new rewards/traits to cheat them on to your Sim by trying the new name in this format. For example, there are:
- Traits.equip_trait Active - the regular trait, active
- Traits.equip_trait Antiseptic - Hygiene decays at half rate (Reward)
- Traits.equip_trait EpicPoet - If you're looking for Poetic to make the Book of Life, this is one that is named oddly
- Traits.equip_trait Hardlyhungry - Hunger decays at half rate
- Traits.equip_trait Independent - Social decays at half rate
- Traits.equip_trait Neverweary - Never Weary, which makes Energy deplete at half the usual rate.
- Traits.equip_trait SteelBladder - Bladder won't decay
- Traits.equip_trait Web_master - Webmaster Reward trait for completion of the Computer Whiz Aspiration
- If you can't find one - it may have a weird name. See a list of traits here on TwistedMexi's wiki, and if you can afford it, Buy him a coffee!
You can modify Sims' relationships by using the somewhat long modifyrelationship yoursimfirst yoursimlast targetsimfirst targetsimlast x relationshiptype. Relationshiptype is either LTR_Friendship_main or LTR_Romance_Main. With Cats and Dogs, you use LTR_SimtoPet_Friendship_Main, which won't work if the pet has no last name. X is the percentage of the bar, either full, half, or half into the red (negative numbers). While there are many different relationship names, these are simply combinations of varying amounts of friendship/romance (either positive or negative).
- modifyrelationship Bella Goth Mortimer Goth 100 LTR_Friendship_main - Bella and Mortimer are now best friends
- modifyrelationship Bella Goth Fluffy Goth 100 LTR_SimtoPet_Friendship_main - Make Bella friends with her pet if playing Cats and Dogs.
- modifyrelationship Bella Goth Mortimer Goth -100 LTR_Friendship_main - this will make Bella and Mortifer go all the way to enemies
- modifyrelationship Bella Goth Mortimer Goth 100 LTR_Romance_main - They're now soulmates if they have a high friendship level as well
- modifyrelationship Bella Goth Mortimer Goth -100 LTR_Romance_main - Drain their romance bar all the way to red
Get to Work Cheats
The following are, again, provided by TwistedMexican who kindly took the time to find these cheats hidden within the game engine. Here are the most important finds. You can find more on his specific wiki about GTW.
Retail Perk Cheats
Be sure to include the true at the end of these cheats in order to unlock the associated perk. This makes perk point cheats unnecessary, though it does require a bit more typing.
Unlock Retail Perks
|Register of Tomorrow||bucks.unlock_perk RegisterMimic true|
|Stunning Sign||bucks.unlock_perk SignageMimic true|
|Provocative Pedestal||bucks.unlock_perk PedestalMimic true|
|Extra Worker Slot 1||bucks.unlock_perk AdditionalWorker_1 true|
|Extra Worker Slot 2||bucks.unlock_perk AdditionalWorker_2 true|
|Serious Shopper||bucks.unlock_perk CustomerPurchaseIntent true|
|MegaManager||bucks.unlock_perk ImproveManagementSocials true|
|Slick Salesman||bucks.unlock_perk ImproveRetailSocials true|
|Superfluous Surplus||bucks.unlock_perk DecreaseRestocking_Temporary true|
|Cheaper Restocking||bucks.unlock_perk DescreaseRestockingCost true|
|My First Simoleon||bucks.unlock_perk StorePlacard_1 true|
|Fobbs 500||bucks.unlock_perk StorePlacard_2 true|
|Snazzy Shirt||bucks.unlock_perk RetailOutfit true|
|Faster Checkouts Small||bucks.unlock_perk CheckoutSpeed_Small true|
|Faster Checkouts Large||bucks.unlock_perk CheckoutSpeed_Large true|
|Faster Restock Small||bucks.unlock_perk RestockSpeed_Small true|
|Faster Restock Large||bucks.unlock_perk RestockSpeed_Large true|
|Curious Shopper||bucks.unlock_perk CustomerBrowseTime true|
|Sure Sale||bucks.unlock_perk SureSaleSocial true|
|Instant Restock||bucks.unlock_perk InstantRestock true|
Dine Out Cheats
The following restaurant perk cheats for Dine Out were gathered based on Twistedmexi's format for the GTW Cheats. I found the same code works, just had to track down the name of them within the files. You'll notice they differ. Note that Meal Rush and Surplus Harvest can be used every 24 hours. For those like additional waiter or discounts on ingredients, you may need to take them in oder. You can take tidy tippers multiple times but I'm not sure if you need to do something special to add extra ranks.
|Perk||Code to Unlock|
|Curious Customers||bucks.unlock_perk RecommendDishSocial true|
|Additional Waiter #1||bucks.unlock_perk AdditionalWaiter_1 true|
|Ingredient Quality Options||bucks.unlock_perk IngredientQualityOptions true|
|Meal Rush||bucks.unlock_perk MoreCustomers true|
|Surplus Harvest||bucks.unlock_perk IngredientCostDiscount true|
|Patient Patrons||bucks.unlock_perk LengthenImpatienceTimeout true|
|Additional Chef||bucks.unlock_perk AdditionalChef true|
|Curiouser Customers||bucks.unlock_perk RecommendDishFrequency true|
|Additional Waiter #2||bucks.unlock_perk AdditionalWaiter_2 true|
|Inspirational Speech||bucks.unlock_perk InspirationalSpeechSocial true|
|Fast Eaters||bucks.unlock_perk EatFaster true|
|Lower Employee Training Costs||bucks.unlock_perk LowerEmployeeTrainingCost true|
|Ingredient Discount (small)||bucks.unlock_perk CheaperIngredients_1 true|
|Well Funded Foodies||bucks.unlock_perk ExpensiveOrders true|
|Tidy Tippers||bucks.unlock_perk RiskFreeMarkup true|
|Ingredient Discount (large)||bucks.unlock_perk CheaperIngredients_2 true|
|Well Managed||bucks.unlock_perk LowerChanceBadEvents_Small true|
|The Chef's Hat||bucks.unlock_perk ChefsHat true|
Make Sim a Vampire
stats.set_stat commodity_BecomingVampire 2160 will begin the natural conversion process, while traits.equip_trait trait_OccultVampire will make them a vampire immediately. To remove the vampire trait and revert a Sim, use traits.remove_trait trait_OccultVampire. You can use these cheats to convert Sims from the Gallery.
Unlock Vampire Perks
stats.set_stat rankedStatistic_Occult_VampireXP 1593 will max out your vampire rank and give you 2 power points each time you enter it. Copy it from here and use control+V after opening the cheats panel in-game to paste it repeatedly. You can find more specific vampire cheats on TwistedMexi's wiki. He discovered these and gave me permission to share some of them.
The Sims 4 Parenthood comes with a new skill, which can be cheated in with stats.set_skill_level major_parenting X - it's in the major skills list above.
Character Values Cheat
Toddlers, Children, and Teens can have experience in five different character values, which range from -100 to 100 (bad or good). You can set these manually so that when the Sim ages up to adult they will receive reward traits that reflect their morality, manners, etc. They are set with: stats.set_stat lifeskillstatistic_empathy 100, as an example or stats.set_stat lifeskillstatistic_conflictresolution -100 - here's the full list. Be sure to include a number, based on how full or negative you'd like the experience bars to be:
- Conflict Resolution: stats.set_stat lifeskillstatistic_conflictresolution X
- Emotional Control: stats.set_stat lifeskillstatistic_emotionalcontrol X
- Empathy: stats.set_stat lifeskillstatistic_empathy X
- Manners: stats.set_stat lifeskillstatistic_manners X
- Responsibility: stats.set_stat lifeskillstatistic_responsibility X
Reward Traits for Character Values
New character values reward traits are earned when children and teens age up to adults, and can be added or removed from your Sim if you got a bad one. In some cases you can have the good one from one of the five categories, but can't equip the bad at the same time. Traits are added with traits.equip_trait x and removed with traits.remove_trait x. See the linked Character Values guide for information on what each of them do for your Sims. Here's a list of the character values and their trait pairs, along with two examples:
traits.remove_trait lifeskills_uncontrolledemotion - removes the Uncontrolled Emotion trait
- Manners Traits
- Good Manners lifeskills_goodmanners
- Bad Manners lifeskills_badmanners
- Responsibility Traits
- Responsible - lifeskills_responsible
- Irresponsible - lifeskills_irresponsible
- Empathy Traits
- Compassionate - lifeskills_compassionate
- Insensitive - lifeskills_unfeeling
- Conflict Reeolution Traits
- Mediator - lifeskills_mediator
- Argumentative - lifeskills_argumentative
- Emotional Control Traits
- Emotional Control - lifeskills_emotionalcontrol
- Uncontrolled Emotions - lifeskills_uncontrolledemotion (with no s)
Credit Where It's Due
Half of all cheat sites on the web have ripped off the efforts of a person who spent time tracking down these commands for us and started a wiki on reddit to host them here. If you'd like to thank him for his time, buy TwistedMexi a coffee for finding most of these that were not released by EA. You can find some specific cheats on the wiki, I won't publish those that players might infrequently use and don't want to put literally every cheat on this page as it's already quite long.
If You Cannot Get Cheats to Work
Many cheats require testing cheats to work. Ensure you've done testingcheats on first. This mainly works from the live/build/buy modes of the game as many do not work on the map. You should pause it by pressing tilde (`) or clicking the pause icon, and when the time comes will need to first press and hold the left CTRL key, then Shift, then C in that order, without letting go of any of the keys, to open the console in the first place. This should be a fluid motion and not too slow. Secondly, cheats must be typed exactly. You can get some help with testingcheats by following this link.