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The Sims 3 - Teenagers

Raising Teens, High School, Romance and Part Time Jobs

Raising Kids in the Sims 3
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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    Share Tips and FAQs (23)

    Our Sims Forum is the place to go for faster answers to questions and discussions about the game. Use the form below to share your own experiences and provide helpful tips to other readers.

    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
    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
    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
    Lani says...
    Mine got pregnant but she can't go to the hospital and her body disappeared for some reason can you please tell me why?
    15th November 2015 3:30pm
    Darkwolfxx says...
    This will really help me. Thnx
    6th August 2018 2:42pm
    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
    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
    Lilyl123 says...
    To be honest I don't know but you can buy a birthday cake for each in it them over and have their birthday in your house
    22nd May 2018 4:23am
    mekayla says...
    hi im mekayla and i cant wati to see you all
    4th December 2015 7:12pm
    Katarina Edmonds says...
    My teen sims cant kisd or any thing why is this ?
    14th June 2014 3:45am
    Darkwolfxx says...
    Maybe they just don't have anouf relationship. Try to build it and see what happens.
    6th August 2018 2:41pm
    Kendyl says...
    Just wondering can teen sims use the brain enhancer at all?
    When the parent went away on holiday it worked and since the parent has been back its not working .
    Was this just a glitch ?
    28th August 2015 9:22pm
    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
    TalaLeisu2 says...
    Does anyone know if your sim will still graduate high school if you have aging disabled?
    13th August 2017 7:01pm
    Playalot says...
    No they won't with aging turned off.
    13th August 2017 7:46pm
    P... says...
    Both of my teens have boyfriends.
    25th July 2013 7:57pm
    CrazyLady says...
    I want my teenager (Mia in Isla Paradiso) to get a part-time job because its a wish of hers, yet when I click on the grocery store, and the day spa I do not have the option for getting a job. Please help?
    6th July 2017 3:45pm
    Playalot says...
    It could be many things like mods and or/cc conflicts, or if your teen sim already has a job quit that one first. Also try deleting the compositorCache file and your simCompositorCache file and restarting your PC.
    9th July 2017 11:39pm
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