‘Parenthood’ Game Pack For ‘The Sims 4’ Now Available, Includes Family Bulletin Boards And School Projects

With the new “Parenthood” game pack in The Sims 4, family players can really focus on a household. New features like the Parenting skill and the ability to influence how children develop is the crux of the latest game pack. Finally, parent Sims are more responsible for the offspring than ever with new ways to encourage, discipline, and care for their kids.

The “Parenthood” patch is out now including these major features in addition to a number of build objects and items for Sim customization. New objects that can be used are also part of the pack. Not surprisingly, these objects are perfect for families. For instance, the game pack includes the new school project feature which child and teen Sims can bring home from school. With a parent Sim’s guidance or without it, children can build their project with varying results according to the official site. The items can even be kept after the project is completed.

Several new objects included in the “Parenthood” game pack are specifically designed for families in The Sims 4. The family bulletin board is something all members can visit for the latest family news. Teen Sims can write in a journal, but their siblings might want to take a peek as well. Other customization options are also in the pack like several new hair options, hooded jackets, and pants with long-sleeved shirts tied around the waist.

New objects in the game pack let children improve their skills. [Image by Electronic Arts]

Of course, the real highlight of “Parenthood” is the way families interact with each other. In the game pack, a parent Sims’ actions will directly affect the child in five different developing values. Parents’ interactions with their children will result in new traits for the child and different behavior depending on what is being taught to them.

Developing each of the Character Values will give the child traits and ultimately change the way the Sim acts. The Responsibility Value, for instance, can be improved by helping a child with homework. Parents can aid their children with their homework reducing the time it takes to complete it and supports the Responsibility Value. A child with a high positive amount of this value will gain a helpful Perfectionist trait when aging up. A low negative value will result in the child developing the Childish trait.

Helping children and influencing important decisions increases the new Parenting skill for adult Sims, too. This skill opens up new ways to discipline children alongside other benefits like additional options for teaching moments. Leveling this skill lets parent Sims ground their kids and give them time-outs. Kids can even be grounded from specific activities like the television or video games.

Players can take control of all household members or just a few to see what happens. [Image by Electronic Arts]

Players can pick up “Parenthood” right now on Origin. Like the previous four game packs, it costs $19.99. Players will need around three gigabytes of additional space for the pack in addition to the size of the base game. A few more details are the game pack are included on the Origin site. Also, existing players of The Sims 4 can always start the game and click on the “Parenthood” icon on the left-hand side of the screen to preview all of the objects and items via the in-game store.

“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.”

The Sims 4 continues to update with paid downloadable content like the “Parenthood” game pack alongside free patches and updates. As the Inquisitr reported, the “Bowling Night Stuff” pack just released in late March. That piece of DLC is a stuff pack featuring new items and objects crafted for bowling. A stuff pack has fewer features than a game pack like “Parenthood” and the $9.99 price reflects that. Players of The Sims 4 can count on new stuff packs, game packs, and expansion packs as the game progresses.

[Featured Image by Electronic Arts]

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