every aspiration has a chance of having a child in my game,if a romance sim wants to woohoo with 20 different sims they'll have a ton of babies a family sim will always get their 10 kids want fulfilled etc.
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I only counted households with adults, as in my mind YAs do not count yet. In my hood I have 23 households I play and care about, and 5 that are there to own businesses but really function more like townies. If I only include the 23 that I actually play, the average number of children is 1,17. But if I include the pregnancies that are currently under way, or that I know will happen in a near future, it's 1,52. If I include the five that aren't played, numbers drop to 1,02 and 1,26 respectively. So yeah, average 1-2 children per households.
Guess I need to stop whining to myself that there's too many babies. Feels like every household I play there are babies and toddlers, but the math does not lie
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I am not a kid person in real life, but actually really enjoy the little sim pixels...within reason. So, none of my sims are ever going to have a boatload of children.
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That's not an easy question to answer. I think it may be something like 0.1! Lots of my Sims don't have children, but then, lots of them are still teens, or indeed still children themselves, and, because of my very slow playstyle, they take a very long time to age up. Maybe they'll have children of their own one day, but for the moment they're just enjoying life.
To be honest I sometimes find Family Sims quite difficult to relate to and to understand. It's not just the "have 10 babies" wants (though my first reaction when Jenny McBain expressed that want after giving birth to twins (her 3rd and 4th children) after a difficult pregnancy where she received massive support from me, her family, and indeed the wider community, was to say to her, "In your dreams!). It's more the attempts to control the lives of their children and grandchildren by planning their lives for them, even when they're adults: Go to university, get a good degree, get a good job (say, medicine!), get married to a nice girl/boy that we approve of, have children so we have lots of grandchildren. Can they not set their children free to live their own lives? I've been on the receiving end of too many well-intentioned but nonetheless interfering plans of that sort to feel much sympathy for the parents.
In practice I tend to find my own Family Sims a bit easier to play than I might expect. Julian's parents Martin and Manuela get lots of romantic wants for each other, which are quite easy to fulfil. But I do find LTWs like "Marry off X children" or "Get X children through college" manipulative, and I try to avoid them.
Sorry to give such a complicated answer to a simple question, but my own aspiration is definitely not Family. I've never had any wish to bring children of my own into the world. In fact sometimes I think that our world is so broken, that it could be wrong to bring children into it. I believe in loving and cherishing children once they are here, but the wish to create more completely evades me. My sister on the other hand has had 7 children (of whom one died in infancy). So I just say she's had my quota for me. Any procreative instincts that I do have are more than satisfied by occasionally allowing my Sims to produce children. I have surprised myself just how emotionally involved I can become then. When my first Sim babies were born (the McBain twins) I got carried away sharing the excitement with my Sims, and found myself almost crying for joy at the miracle of new life. I was far more emotional than I had ever been over any real life birth, possibly because I was far more intimately involved in the process.
The birth of a baby Sim is a special moment to be cherished. In my game it will continue to stay special by its rarity. I probably have witnessed fewer Sim births than anyone else here. Across all my 'hoods, I think there have only been 4 Sims born live in my game since I started playing in November 2012! So, yes. The average number of children per Sim in my game will I'm sure be very low.
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My sims, by and large, have 2-3, however many choose to not have kids at all. I've got ACR turned on, so sometimes I get surprises as well. For those sims that it doesn't make sense in my headcanon that they'd want kids (Georgia Newson, Nina Caliente) I turn on birth control immediately when they become teens or immediate when I start playing them.
Granted, I also random roll my sexual orientations as well, at 30% gay/bi 70% straight. I do end up with straight sims wanting no kids, and gay/bi sims who want a ton!
I'd say my average is closer to 2, to account for those few rabbit families.
But Sim families I wanna always see what the genetics give me. On average I have 2 to 3 kids unless the aspirations want more.
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Also, since I play with the premades and their descendants, I make them have babies to pair them up when the grow. Unfortunately, my game loves me so much that in more than one occasion gave me twins when I wanted just one more kid... I love to keep a good balance of Sims for generations and I'm a control freak, so I like to have in mind all possible matches (although most of the times I end up matching them with somebody else).
Since in the second generation of my Pleasantview (I consider the first one all the adults that ship with the neighborhood when first played) got a bit to big, with about 8 couples to manage, I think I will have them have just one kid to make the rotaion-gameplay easy. Ah, of course, as I mentioned before, in the generation 3 I already got a couplet, just because I didn't have enough Sims
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All my sims have children, but because of that rule a lot of sims end up on birth control if I can't trust them to stop on their own because I worry I'll end up with too many households. Rotations already take me months to complete.