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'Let Kids Be Kids' - Lifespan and School Vacation Mods

by Phaenoh Posted 1st Jan 2013 at 2:00 AM - Updated 5th Jul 2014 at 1:52 PM by HugeLunatic
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I'm trying to get this in while the Activity Month theme is still 'time'. I have for you 2 mods today. They can work together or separately, but I do think they make a nice pair so they are together. The first is an aging mod, and the second is a school summer vacation mod. These both work nicely with my updated calendars, so be sure to check them out.

Lifespan Mod
Babies 3 days // Toddlers 6 days // Children 12 days // Teens 12 days // Adults between 35 to 40 days // Elders between 10 to 30 days

Can someone please explain to me the rationale behind EAxis' weird default choices for age lengths? There are more than a few spots where it bugs the crap out of me, so I finally caved and decided to fix stuff. Everyone and their mother has an aging mod, so here's mine.

First off, the toddlers. Four days is in no way long enough to learn the three basic skills not to mention Nursery Rhymes and regular skills, even with a stay at home parent. While I want to give them a few more days, I don't like the versions that double or triple toddler time because the little rugrats do get on my nerves after a while. So, I've added a few more days. After playtesting, six days feels like enough to get everything in and still have some time for playing on the side. With the tots being tots just a little longer, I feel like I can invest in creating adorable nurseries for them now.

Next up, kids and teens. Only eight days really isn't enough for my kids to be kids. They have one or two weeks at school and suddenly its off to more adult things like boys and spiting their parents. Whatever happened to hopscotch and make-believe? And why do teens have nearly double the amount of time that kids have? If mom and dad have a teen in the house and they pop out in a new kid, in the game, that new kid can age up to a teen before the original one leaves for college. How does that make any sense? In real life kids are kids from about 4ish to 12, and teens are teens from 12 to 20. Both are 8 years, so what gives? I've rebalanced it so both age groups have 12 days. The great thing about the 12 days for kids comes in the next mod, so keep reading.

The last annoyance was with the adults. 29 days just isn't enough. The only way that mom and dad can see their kids to college before they become old and slumpy is if they have only a few kids right after graduation themselves. The default time length was so short, I barely have any sims at that life stage right now, it's effectively turned my hoods into a southern Florida retirement community - definitely not what I was going for! >.< I prefer to give my newly minted adults a little time before tying them down with kids. Let them get up a few rungs on the job ladder, enjoy their hobbies and such. Kids are expensive! I originally tried upping it more than what you see here, but that was just too much time and they ended up topping out their careers while their kids were still toddlers. I'm pretty sure I have the balance correct now. As for the elders themselves, I think I might have shortened their span a bit. I've lowered the min range so that sims with bad lives can die of a heart attack at 50 and those blessed with happiness can live till they are 80.

This mod also affects plantsims, but if you don't have seasons, it doesn't matter.
Sprouts have 6 days // Adults have between 37 to 40 days // Elders have between 10 to 20 days

Please note, this age mod (and most others) will not coincide with what inTeen is expecting for its fertility calculations. The adult life span is lengthened, so you might encounter oddities with having babies at the tail end of the agespan.

Summer Vacation Mod

The second mod I have for you is a school summer vacation mod. I had downloaded one a while ago that let your kids have summer off, but it was based on the actual season, so in Strangetown kids had half the year off, and in Riverblossom they never got vacation. Then I found that this creator had made an alternative version based on the season quadrant instead of the season itself. This was lovely, except they only made it for quads 1 and 3. I personally like to play with my seasons and year set up Northern Hemisphere style - Spring/Summer/Fall/Winter. This means I need it for quad 2. So, I took to editing it myself and did just that. A fantastic little feature of this is that you can still direct your sims to go to school during summer. I've found that I send any child with lower than a B- to this 'summer school' to catch up on their grades, while the more scholarly ones can enjoy the warm weather.

Now, I also wanted to give my little simmies a winter holiday free from school, so on the fourth day of winter they stay home. You can not direct sims to go to school on this day. This is Winter's Day. You may think of it as Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or Yule or Winter Break an extra Snow Day or whatever else fits best into your story line. I think of it as Winter's Day and we celebrate with a decorated tree and give gifts and spend time with family.

To use this most effectively, you will need to go through all your hoods and make sure that your 'years' are all set up the same, with the second season being the one that you want your kids home for, and the fourth season the one for 'Winter's Day'. It doesn't actually need to be winter during Winter's Day, ask our friends in Australia If there is sufficient demand for it, I'll make a Southern Hemisphere version with the school break following their schedules instead.

Please also note that if you have InTeen, my summer vacation mod needs to load after it. Either put "zz_" on my mod's file name if they are in the same folder, or make sure inTeen's folder is alphabetically before the summer vacation mod's folder. There are two versions, one for those with BV and one for those without it. Please pick the correct one for your game setup.

Well, that's about it. I hope everyone had a happy 2012 and I'm looking forward to an exciting 2013!
Enjoy!
-Phae

Additional Credits:
poifectly_poiple for the original summer vacation mods. Also big thanks to jbeach34 and NixNivis for doing compatibility testing for me with InTeen. You two have made lots of people very happy!

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#2 Old 1st Jan 2013 at 2:47 AM
Oh my god! I am soo excited to test my game with this! Now my elder sims will finally be able to see their grandchildren go to university, normally they would all just die once their eldest grandchild becomes a teen.
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#3 Old 1st Jan 2013 at 3:40 AM
Yay! I like this new system thanks! Other similar mods wouldnt match my taste but this is perfect
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#4 Old 1st Jan 2013 at 3:55 AM
Yes! No school in summer. Except in unusual climate hoods I always use spring-summer-fall-winter. Only one so far I don't (and haven't played yet) is a desert one that's either spring-summer-summer-fall or summer-summer-fall-spring. Don't remember which but doesn't matter for this.
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#5 Old 1st Jan 2013 at 4:01 AM
Aw man I always love your downloads! Thank you for these two wonderful mods! (Now to go find my seasons game!!!)
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#6 Old 1st Jan 2013 at 6:38 AM
Correct me if I read this wrong, but you said this will NOT work with inteen, but that you are going to make a version that will?!?! < crosses fingers! > I hope so!!!
Thanks Phae!!! *HUGZ!*
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#7 Old 1st Jan 2013 at 6:45 AM
Sorry jbeach, it will not work with inteen and I will not be making a version that does. That was supposed to say that I was making an non-BV version (which is now up). I did link to the original ones that have compatible versions; you will just need to work your calendar around it and you won't have Winter's Day. I suppose I could change my mind if there is sufficient demand for it of course. >.>
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#8 Old 1st Jan 2013 at 7:01 AM
Thanks for the quick reply Phae! I guess I don't need to tell you that I would GREATLY APPRECIATE an inteen version! lol
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#9 Old 1st Jan 2013 at 11:03 AM
I was just thinking earlier this afternoon about lifespan mods, and how all the others I've found lengthen certain life stages too much, or cut others too short. (My main problem is that the oldsters live too long and the adults don't live long enough.) This looks perfect! Thank you!
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#10 Old 1st Jan 2013 at 2:57 PM
Quick question: Does the age mod affect existing Sims? Or does it just affect those who are aged up or created after installing?

Either way, these look great! Thank you!
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#11 Old 1st Jan 2013 at 3:49 PM
Will we get a pop-up notification about summer vacation and/or winter's day? Either way, already downloaded!
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#12 Old 1st Jan 2013 at 5:41 PM
This is a great idea and since I use inteen too, i would appreciate a compatible version for that, too. But still this a wonderful addition to my game, so thanks for sharing with us. Happy 2013 everybody!
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#13 Old 1st Jan 2013 at 6:17 PM
icf89, this will only effect a sim after they age up to the next age, as all lifespan mods do. I've heard of a lifespan age resetter, but I haven't found it.

harlequin, yes you will get pop up notifications about summer vacation and Winter's Day. Unfortunately you will get them per child, and they might also pop up when a teen's car pool comes to get them (not sure why, but it's just 2 days that it might happen). Summer vacation notification is only on the first day of summer, but if it's a Saturday or Sunday you prolly won't get it at all. There is no reminder yet that school resumes in the Fall, but the school bus showing up at your door prolly will remind you well enough.

That's 2 votes for inTeen...
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#14 Old 1st Jan 2013 at 7:24 PM
Adults are 35 to 40? I thought it was usually just the Elders that had a variable age length. And am I correct in guessing that since Young Adults are not mentioned this doesn't affect them at all? I've been using inteen, but downloaded anyway. Next time I get a a chance to play I'll have to make sure all my Sims are ready for inteen to be removed.
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#15 Old 1st Jan 2013 at 7:30 PM
OMG I can't wait to use these in my game! Thank you very much! :D

Question: Does the aging mod only affect Sims and not Pets?
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#16 Old 1st Jan 2013 at 8:26 PM
Okay, I've never downloaded an aging mod before, but this one has my interest. (Not that there's anything wrong with the others out there. Just the timing seems like what I would want on this one.) And I love the idea of my simmies getting a summer vacation. Thanks!
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#17 Old 1st Jan 2013 at 8:30 PM
j mcdougall, from what I could tell adults might also have that ability so I added it in, not sure if it will actually get used or not, but it was worth a shot.

XanderGC, no, I did not do a Pets age mod, but I know of at least one that is out there if you need one.

InTeen is only incompatible with the Vacation Mod, NOT the age mod.
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#18 Old 1st Jan 2013 at 10:29 PM
I love love love the idea of summer vacation and winter holiday!! But at this point I don't think I can play the game without InTeen...so make that 3 votes!
Thanks for your great mods!
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#19 Old 2nd Jan 2013 at 2:47 AM
I love this!! You can add my vote for an InTeen-compatible vacation mod. In the meantime I am snapping up the age mod. Thank you very much. Have a Happy New Year!
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#20 Old 2nd Jan 2013 at 7:09 AM
This is a great mod, i love the winter's day thing. But i have to say that i would love a version that works with inteen, because i can't remove it now. One more vote for inteen...
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#21 Old 2nd Jan 2013 at 7:15 AM
This is amazing, the aging has never seemed right to me either. With this everything is even and how it should be, the summer mod is just... ah i am so excited to play thank you!
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#22 Old 2nd Jan 2013 at 8:56 AM
I normally use SimPE to age my people so I can vary the ages some but this sounds much too good to pass up! I use several of your mods and look forward to seeing how this one works out for me!

Thanks for summer vaca and 'Christmas' as well!
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#23 Old 2nd Jan 2013 at 12:37 PM
So excited to see this!! Especially the vacation mod~my two cats, 3year old daughter & husband all add their votes to mine in the hope of an InTeen version so 5 votes more?
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#24 Old 2nd Jan 2013 at 1:52 PM
Absolutely marvelous!! Thank You for sharing
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#25 Old 2nd Jan 2013 at 3:25 PM
Thank you so much, Phaenoh! I've actually held off on putting in age mods because none really fit what I was looking for....until now! I really like the way you've distributed the days between the ages. Makes a lot of sense!

I also like the vacation mod. However, the current hood I'm playing is one I've set up to accord with the actual months in a calendar. Basically, my summer is in quadrant 3. So...will your age mod work with that other vacation mod you mentioned that has summer vacation in the third quadrant?
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