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A male teen Sim

Teen is the fourth life stage of a Sim in The Sims 2, The Sims Stories and The Sims 3, after Child and before Young Adult (Adult in The Sims 2 and The Sims Stories). Teens are not included in the console games based on The Sims 2 or in The Sims Medieval.

The teen life stage is not present in The Sims, but players can download head and body skins which can give a Sim the appearance of being a teen.


The sims 3 teen

A Teen in The Sims 3

The teen life stage lasts for 14[N][TS3][TS3C] or 15[TS2][TSS] days, and represents a Sim's life from age 13 to approximately 17 or 18. Teens can grow up earlier if they go to college.[University]

In The Sims 2, some teens will develop acne if their hygiene motive falls too low. This adds a "use acne cream" option when using the mirror and the teen will act frightened when they "gussy up." Notably, if one of a teen's close relatives (such as a parent or sibling) has or once had acne problems, the teen is significantly more likely to get acne too. Acne is not, however, a game mechanic in The Sims 3. Teens can also use gym equipment, and it becomes necessary in order to stay fit.

Teens in The Sims 2 are unique in that they can age up into one of two separate life stages: Young Adult or Adult. If The Sims 2: University is installed, the player has the option to send a teen to college, where they will first live as a young adult, otherwise they will skip ahead to the adult stage. In The Sims 3, the player does not have this choice; they will always age up into a young adult.

Things that teens can do that younger life stages can't:

  • Build all skills
  • Take care of babies and toddlers.[TS2][TS3]
  • Get a part time job
  • Pay bills
  • Cook meals
  • Can partner and own companies
  • Have romantic relationships
  • Sneak out [TS2][TS3:G]
  • Teach a toddler toddler skills
  • Live on their own if parents die
  • Drive cars
  • Learn to drive [TS3:G]
  • Not be taken away by the Social Worker

Things that Teens can do that older Sims can't

  • Pull pranks
  • Go to prom
  • Snubbing other teen Sims
  • Learn to drive
  • Go to school
  • Do homework
  • Attend an after-school activity


In The Sims 2 and The Sims Stories, when a Sim child becomes a teenager, their aspiration can be chosen by the player. If Nightlife or later is installed, turn-ons and turn-offs are also assigned at this point. However, if the "age NPCs" feature of FreeTime is used to age a child Townie to a teen, the player will not be able to choose that Sim's aspiration, turn-ons and turn-off.

In The Sims 3 and The Sims 3 for Console, teens have four traits and are able to choose from all of the available traits, unlike the younger life stages. Teens may also gain and potentially fulfil an early lifetime wish during this stage in the same manner as child Sims, though the player is not required to assign them lifetime wishes until they age up into young adults. If The Sims 3: Generations is installed, teens are offered a chance to defy parental authority by pulling pranks, holding a teenage party while their parents are away or sneaking out while grounded. They may also randomly suffer from mood swings.


The teen stage may serve as an important period in a Sim's development, as Sims can begin to build their first romantic relationships from this point onwards. Most teen Sims will have a recurring want for their first kiss and to go steady with another Sim.[TS2]

Without the use of mods or hacks, teens can perform all romantic interactions except WooHoo, Get Married, Propose Marriage, or Try for Baby, though they can still take care of existing babies and toddlers in the same way as older Sims. In The Sims 2 and The Sims Stories, their romantic relationships are restricted to other teens, and will be automatically broken if one teen ages up and the other does not. In The Sims 3, however, a teen dating another teen who ages up into a Young Adult will remain listed as their boyfriend or girlfriend, but romantic interactions between them will be disabled until the other teen has also aged up. This is the only legitimate way for a teenage Sim to have a romantic relationship with an older Sim.

Responsibilities & privileges

Teens may begin to take on new responsibilities such as getting a part-time job after school or on the weekends, though they still cannot have a full-time job. Like children, they must maintain good grades, and with The Sims 2: University installed, success at school and in skill building can earn valuable scholarship money for use during a Sim's college years.

Teens also get some perks. They can cook meals and drive a car.[Nightlife][TS3] They can also live on their own if their parents both die or if all the older Sims in the household move out of their home lot. In The Sims 2, it is even possible for teens to run away if their relationship with their family is too low. In The Sims 3, if World Adventures is installed, teens can travel abroad by themselves. In both The Sims 2 and The Sims 3, teens cannot be taken away by the Social Worker.

Like children, teenage Sims have a curfew in The Sims 3. However, the town curfew for teens is 11:00pm, which is an hour later than the curfew for child Sims. Teens who violate the curfew will also get the positive Out after Curfew moodlet while doing so, whereas children do not. Furthermore, teenage Sims may be caught violating the curfew by the police, at which point they will be sent home and given the negative Caught after Curfew moodlet.

If Generations is installed, teens can graduate and attend a prom at their school. At the prom, they may choose to go stag or with a date, and graduation automatically occurs at the end of the teen life stage.

A variety of things can happen at a prom, such as getting ditched by a date, being denied on the dance floor, or getting into a fight.

Image Moodlet Name Mood Effect Time Period Game Dialog/Description Notes
Out After Curfew Out After Curfew! +15 Mood - Being out after curfew is totally radical. (Teen only) Out after midnight. Watch out, the police might catch you!
Caught After Curfew Caught After Curfew -15 Mood 3 Hours It's so unfair! Why don't parents understand? Teen is caught by the police after curfew.
Got Put In Time Out Got Put In Time Out -20 1 Hour The only thing worse than the embarrassment of being punished is being forced to stand in the corner, alone, for the whole world to see! The Sim will stand in the corner until the mood disappears.
Privilege Revoked Privilege Revoked -20 1 Day Losing something you love always hurts. At least it's not forever! Not Allowed to watch TV, play video/computer games.
Successful Prank Successful Prank! +15 12 Hours The timing, the preparation, the execution! Boy, does it feel great to play a good prank and get away with it! Appears after pranking successfully.
Prank Backfire Prank Backfire! -10 1 Hour Uhmm yeah, that didn't really work as expected! Appears when a prank backfires. Drinking Stink bomb layed to drink.
Snuck Out Snuck Out! No Mood Effect Until going home The adrenaline! The fear! You better stay on the down-low or your fanny will be on the line. Going away from home when the teen has been grounded.
Got in Trouble Got in Trouble -5 N/A Getting in trouble is no big deal…as long as it was worth it! Bad Grades, Breaking Time Out, Caught Breaking Curfew, Caught Pulling Prank, Fighting, Trashing House, Missing School, Missing Work, Setting up Booby Trap, Sneaking Out, Using Banned Object.
Grounded Grounded! -30 2 Days You must have really made someone mad! The Sim Can't go away from home with this moodlet, when adults are not sleeping.
Being Ignored Being Ignored -10 N/A It hurts a bit when someone doesn't want to talk to you, but who can predict the moods of teenagers? This moodlet appears when a teen Sim is near another teen who is snubbing him/her.
Having a Mood Swing Having a Mood Swing No Mood Effect 16 Hours Your Sim feels like no one understands him/her. He/She might get some rebellious wishes for awhile. Randomly appears when a teenage Sim wakes up in bed.
Denied for Dance Denied for Dance -50 4 Hours After getting up the nerve to ask your crush for a dance and getting your hopes crushed, your night was pretty much ruined. What a letdown! Randomly appears when going to Prom without a date.
Ditched Ditched! -50 4 Hours What a bum! Your date decided to hang out with your friend instead. Next time, consider going stag! Randomly appears when going to Prom with a date.
Got in a Fight Got in a Fight -20 4 Hours Instead of getting into a fight at prom, keep your eyes on your own date the next time you go to a dance. Randomly appears at prom.
Prom Queen Prom Queen +30 12 Hours My classmates like me! They really like me! When a Sim is friends with many teenagers, there is a chance he/she will receive Prom title.
Prom King Prom King +30 12 Hours Fistpump! Clearly your classmates recognize greatness when they see it. When a Sim is friends with many teenagers, there is a chance he/she will receive Prom title.
I Graduated I Graduated! +10 10 Days The sweat and tears of toiling in class and doing daily homework is finally at its end. Now it's time to have fun! Appears after Graduation.
Valedictorian Valedictorian +20 10 Days Few can say they are the greatest. I am the Greatest. Having High Grades will give you a better chance of being Valedictorian.



  • In The Sims 2 and The Sims Stories, Teens do not have a curfew, and are therefore able to remain on community lots for just as long as adults. In The Sims 3 and The Sims 3 for console, however, Teens have an 11:00 PM curfew unless accompanied by an older Sim. This cannot be avoided by using items such as tents.[TS3:WA]

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