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The Sims 3 - Teenagers

Raising Teens, High School, Romance and Part Time Jobs

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TeenagersBirthdaysBake SalesTraits by Age
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Generations Additions
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.

High School
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.

A Teenager in the Sims 3, off to schoolSchool 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.

Teenage Romance
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!

A teen playing guitar in the Sims 3Learning 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.

A schoolage teen in the Sims 3 studyingPart 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.

  • Mausoleum
  • Bookstore
  • Supermarket
  • Spa

    A teen on the phone in the Sims 3Making 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.

    Raising Kids in the Sims 3
    TeenagersBirthdaysBake SalesTraits by Age
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    Comments (29)

    James says...
    My teen sim hardly goes to school because he's working on his skills. I'm trying to make him get a perfect score on the aptitude test.
    3rd November 2013 9:29pm
    simstastic says...
    hi james i was wondering if u knew how to get mods cause i really want my sims *teenagers both* to really connect and have a baby i want wanna those 16 and pregnat storys so if u can help plz talk to me thx
    11th August 2014 12:05pm
    brianna yeager says...
    me and my sister always get preggers on this game and the first time ever to have a baby is hard cause you dont know
    21st October 2012 12:36am
    Rebecca says...
    26th December 2012 5:30pm
    Becky says...
    you can get mods to enable teens to woohoo and get pregnant, in the mod i use you can also have your teen woohoo with adults and elders. i use twallans woohooer mod.
    13th January 2013 12:27pm
    Phenney says...
    If you have to young adults or adults (I don't know if elders can) And get them romantically interesting in each other by going on dates, kissing, flirting, etc. When their romantic relationship is high enough their should be a choice 'Try for Baby' or 'WooHoo' if you try for baby you can get pregnant. But your kids can be taken away if you neglect them.
    4th January 2014 9:25pm
    Emma says...
    Hello! There is no way for a teen to become pregnant without a mod. If you do however, wish for them to have a child, click Control, Shift, and C. Then type in this EXCACTLY:
    testingcheatsenabled true
    Press and hold shift and click on the desired mother. Click Edit Sim in Create a Sim. Make them be AT LEAST a young adult. Either select Try for Baby until you hear a jingle, or adopt a baby. Let your sim have a baby after three days. Then press and hold shift again, and click on your sim, edit her in Create a Sim, make her a teenager. She is now a teenage mother! Congratulations!
    7th June 2014 7:16pm
    Simmylala says...
    Or you could do this:
    Turn on testingcheatsenabled true
    Send two adults or young adults to "Try for baby" in a shower.
    Before the girl takes her clothes off, shift + click on her and go into Edit Sim and change her to a Teen.
    This does work! My Teen Sim was sick all the time and when she discovered she was pregnant, she had the baby belly and had to wear different clothes. She's now a mother.

    Don't listen to anyone else this is the easiest way and it does work I have tried it!!!!!
    14th July 2014 1:58am
    Katarina Edmonds says...
    My teen sims cant kisd or any thing why is this ?
    14th June 2014 3:45am
    Ella says...
    My teen was pregnant, i did the same kaylea but as soon as she got pregnant she had no body only a head and feet the only outfit she could wear was swim wear! then when 'the baby was coming' she couldnt go to the hospital and she couldn't even have the baby! Ive still got the game so im going to try and trigger her age transition
    25th May 2014 9:17am
    Rex says...
    My young adult dated a teenager because they were teens and then I had my teen blow out candles on a b-day cake. Then they were still dating. So it is possible.:-)
    26th January 2014 4:55pm
    SimoneForbo says...
    But they won't be able to do anything from the romantic options till both are young adults.
    19th February 2014 11:00pm
    P... says...
    Both of my teens have boyfriends.
    25th July 2013 7:57pm
    Mikki says...
    My teen dated a young adult.
    This can only happen with glitches and mods.   You cannot actively start a relationship between an adult and a teenager yourself.
    14th June 2013 1:17am
    kaylea says...
    Actually, i did in fact get my teen sim pregnant without a mod, all i did was age two teen Sims into young adults, then i turned on testingcheatsenabled true. Then i sent them to try for baby in the shower, then right before the girl took her clothes off, i shift clicked her, went into edit sim, turned her back into a teen and then hit play again. She got in the shower they woohooed and now she's pregnant, with the baby belly and all. So people who continue to say you cant do it without a mod, do your research and try this out. You will see i am not wrong.
    8th April 2014 5:10pm
    Simmylala says...
    Thanks this helped so much!!!!!!!!!
    9th July 2014 6:24am
    Simmylala says...
    This is possible, I had two teenagers dating and the boy aged into a Young Adult and the girl was still a teenager, and they they were still in a relationship together. Then she aged into an adult and now they're married with kids :)
    14th July 2014 1:50am
    Zelda says...
    My teenager got pregnant without a mod
    This is absolutely not possible in the game as teenagers cannot try for baby or woohoo.   Your game is modified in some way.
    8th June 2013 10:02am
    Tania says...
    Can teenager Sims get romantic with professors on Sims 3 university life?
    2nd April 2013 5:36am
    Lisa says...
    Teens can't do any romantic interactions with a young adult or adult without a mod.
    25th June 2013 2:30pm
    Lala says...
    Teens also don't go to University.
    12th July 2013 11:28am
    Amy says...
    In sims 3 university life they can
    16th January 2014 2:46am
    Caroline says...
    Actually, teens can't go to University. Ever.n
    8th February 2014 5:03pm
    fifi says...
    Can your teen sims go to prom in sims 3 university I aint sure!
    9th March 2013 4:04am
    xshaniax says...
    If you have generations installed
    16th June 2013 6:18am
    Mrs Tragic Clown says...
    Be CAREFUL of going to prom! I did and it automatically hooked my up to be romantically involved with someone who was..........YUCK! Now I avoid going all together because EA does this. They should at least ask first. Just because you go to prom doesn't mean you HAVE to have a date or want one. Some just want to go to have fun.
    21st April 2014 9:46am
    Ariel says...
    You can WooHoo in a closet-dresser in Super Natural.
    Its really funny when they come back out :-)
    3rd January 2013 2:46pm
    Grace says...
    Do you mean a wardrobe?
    3rd January 2013 4:16pm
    Ginny9115 says...
    My Sim grew into a teenager, and none of his childhood friends grew up. How long will it take them to turn into teenagers?
    2nd August 2014 1:50pm
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