Parenting Life Skill Guide

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Uploaded: 18th Jun 2016 at 10:28 PM
Updated: 9th Dec 2018 at 4:18 PM - Improved routing & conversation
Title: The Parenting Life Skill Guide, with Deco Books

UPGRADE August 6th, 2017

1) This update improves the routing of both teacher and students, making it more likely that they will position themselves correctly.

2) The occultist and clients now uses a more varied vocabulary, including Enthusiasms if FreeTime or any later EP is available.

3) The update also fixes a jump bug that would occur at the end of a session.

Please download for the update.


1) To develop a teaching aid so that the Parenting Life Skill may be taught as a course. As well as being appropriate for community centres or colleges, I would see the Guide as particularly useful in semi-literate and pre-modern societies.

2) To supply two decorative books to represent the Life Skill Guide when it is closed.


The Parenting Guide is basegame compatible, in which environment it will raise the Toys interest and fulfill Fun and Social needs. To actually learn the Parenting Skill, FreeTime, Apartment Life or Mansion & Garden must be available.

This set is compatible with the Opportunity Pack Lectern, Reading Desk and Ravendancer projects.

The Parenting books are available from the Hobby/Knowledge section of the catalogue. The Life Skill Guide costs §319 and the deco books cost §318 each.


1) Parenting Life Skill Guide - some Sims have the uncanny ability to know just what babies need, and those willing to share this skill can increase their Charisma and earn a stipend. All those attending the seminar will raise their Toys Interest and FreeTime Games Enthusiasm while restoring their fun and social motives. Listeners enrolled in school or college will also earn Grade Points.

Only those who have already learned the Parenting Life Skill may become parenting mentors. Qualified magic Users and moderately Charismatic Sims (those with at least three Charisma skill points) may teach autonomously.

It is college accredited for those majoring in Biology, but regardless of what major they may be specializing in, attending a lecture at the Guide will grant college credits to all those registered in university.

College and school progress is displayed at the beginning and end of each student's learning session. If a school student earns an "A+", additional study will earn Extra Credits which allow a child or teen to take time off without losing a letter grade, or can be saved for advanced placement (one full term for 1000 points) in college.

Sims will "Learn" to satisfy their Fun and Social needs, but if the speech maker is moderately Charismatic then Sims will continue listening until their needs or mood becomes too low. The book will also satisfy the "Practice Speech, "Read To" and "Be Read to by" wants.

The default professional teacher is the basegame Nanny.

The Parenting Guide uses EA's built-in basegame book recolours as well as those from the Opportunity Pack Books, Collector's Editions, the Ravendancer project, the Grimms' Closed Books, and those supplied here.

Additionally, the Guide uses basegame Bella Squared recolours for the picture on the left-hand page, such as those included in this project.

2) Parenting Closed Book - Unlike the Parenting Guide, the Parenting Closed and Upright Books are not made for mentors to use. Instead they are skill building decorative objects like the Opportunity Pack Special and Archival Editions, the Ravendancer Closed Books and the Grimms' Closed Books. If the player chooses, Sims will gather around one of these decorative books and discuss it together, building a skill, interest and the Games enthusiasm (FreeTime or later), until their needs are depleted.

The Closed Book is sized to represent the Parenting Guide when it is not being used for teaching. Viewing this volume has the potential to raise the Charisma skill and Toys interest.

3) Parenting Upright Book - the Upright Book represents the Parenting Guide when it is put away on a shelf. This book can raise the Charisma skill and Culture interest.

4) The Parenting Book Recolours - in addition to the Opportunity Pack Book, []Collector's Edition[/url], Ravendancer, and the built-in basegame book recolours, the three volumes in this set can use the following four textures.

5) Bella Squared Picture Recolours - these ten recolours support both the Parenting Guide and the basegame Bella Squared wall painting. The painting sells for §1000 and has an Environment value of 7.

6) Bella Squared Frame Recolours - these Gold and Silver frames are for the basegame Bella Squared wall painting only. They are not used by the Parenting books.


This set is distributed in four downloads, as follows:

a) - this archive contains the Parenting Life Skill Guide and the two decorative books.

b) - these four recolours support the text and cover graphics used in this Parenting set, as well as basegame, Opportunity Pack, Ravendancer and Grimms books.

c) - these ten recolours support the Parenting books and EA's Bella Squared painting.

d) - this archive holds two recolours of the Bella Squared picture frame.

Terms of Use

You may include any item from this set in uploaded lots, whether for free or pay. It is nice but not necessary to provide a credit and link to this page.


I suggest using Pescado's Community Lot Skilling and Enthusiasm patch so that these and all other skill building objects are fully functional on all lots.

Additional Credits

GIMP 2 and Microsoft Paint for graphics editing, file conversion, processing, sizing and titling
Jfade's Compressorizer for minimizing file size
Milkshape 3D, Ultimate Unwrap3D Pro and UV Mapper Professional, for 3D modeling and mapping
Numenor's AnyGameStarter, used for testing this project in several game environments
SimPE, PJSE, and CEP for Sims 2 object creation

Polygon Counts

Parenting Closed Book: 138 faces, 192 vertices
Parenting Life Skill Guide: 99 faces, 141 vertices
Parenting Upright Book: 141 faces, 195 vertices