‘The Sims 4: Parenthood Game Pack’: New Details On How Parents Can Discipline Kids

More information about the highly-anticipated The Sims 4: Parenthood Game Pack was revealed in another question and answer session with the folks behind the game.

Electronic Arts and Maxis recently released a gameplay trailer showing how parents can earn parenting skills in The Sims 4 downloadable content (DLC) pack and how these can affect their children.

One of the revelations in the clip was that parents could ground their kids to discipline them in The Sims 4: Parenthood Game Pack. Maxis producer Dave Miotke revealed more information about this feature on the official The Sims forums by releasing a screenshot from the DLC showing the various methods parents can use to ground their kids for a whole day.

They can prohibit them from watching television, listening to music, using their computer, or using the phone. In this The Sims 4 DLC, moms and dads can also discipline their kids by disallowing them from going out of the house, speaking to their friends or using toys and games.

Miotke also mentioned on Twitter that another means of punishment in The Sims 4: Parenthood Game Pack is setting a curfew. However, the new curfew will apply to all the kids in the household.

This suggests that The Sims 4 DLC might not allow players to adjust the curfew for just one of the kids, which means that a change in the curfew will have to be followed by every child in the family.

A screenshot from 'The Sims 4: Parenthood Game Pack' [Image by Maxis and Electronic Arts]

On the other hand, The Sims game designer Lakshmi Howe also revealed that the Parenthood Game Pack would also allow parents to give their misbehaving kids a time-out as a means of punishment.

With regards to interactions between parents and children in the DLC, the moms and dads can send their kids to bed, but there is one thing they cannot do with regards to that aspect. As Miotke explained, “They won’t carry the kids to bed, but they’ll meet them there and tuck them in properly.”

Miotke also discussed how the traits work in The Sims 4: Parenthood Game Pack. According to him, the Sims could get up to five traits when a child ages up to young adult. He said that they could be all good, all bad, or a mix of both.

In The Sims 4 DLC, teenagers will lose the character values they developed in their formative years when they grow into young adults and will be given permanent traits. What these end up being will be up to how they were raised.

Another screenshot from the upcoming 'The Sims 4: Parenthood Game Pack' [Image by Maxis and Electronic Arts]

The Character Values in The Sims 4: Parenthood Game Pack include Manners, Responsibility, Conflict Resolution, Empathy and Emotional Control. They are discussed in a brand new blog post about the DLC.

“The Character Values are representations of your young Sims activities. As they perform activities that are positively associated with a Character Value, it’ll increase their positive access. If Sim parents encourage and praise these behaviors, that will also increase it. However, when Sims perform negative activities that are negatively associated with a Character Value, or a parent praises these activities, it has the opposite effect.”

This means that if the kids were not disciplined or taught good manners by their parents in The Sims 4: Parenthood Game Pack when they behave badly during their early years, they will earn negative traits like the Bad Manners Trait, which lead to them refusing to do chores, interact rudely, and the like.

Similarly, mothers and fathers who set their kids on the right path, praise them when they do good deeds, and help them realize and take responsibility when they don’t, the children can grow up with a Good Manners Trait. Players can read all about how all this works on the official The Sims blog.

The Sims 4: Parenthood Game Pack will be released on May 30. Details about how parents can guide their kids in the DLC will be revealed soon.

[Featured Image by Maxis and Electronic Arts]