This thread is in no way an attempt to lesson anyone else's opinions or to change their perspective on playing the game, but I wanted to give my own perspective on how I play the Sims 4 and what I find is possible.
The Porters (Kimberly-mom, Gary-dad, Ryan-son, Anna-daughter) are a family that live a pretty idyllic life in Willow Creek.
Kimberly and Anna have a very close mother/daughter bond.
Ryan took his little sister to the park. While he loves her, he can't resist teasing her sometimes. It's what big brothers do!
Although she can give as good as she gets herself.
Gary is a chef and foodie, so he nearly always prepares the family meals. They opted for a backyard barbecue, a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
As evening closed in, Kimberly made time to read Anna a story before bed.
It was then time for kisses and hugs goodnight.,
There'll be no monster visits in this room!
Kimberly and Gary relaxed on the front porch before turning in themselves.
The next morning was a school day for Anna and Ryan. Kimberly is a stay-at-home mom so she is always there to see them off in a morning.
But both parents play an important role in keeping the kids' education on track.
After homework, Anna met a new girl out in the neighbourhood - Jayda.
It was back home for dinner to try one of Gary's new cuisines.
A kiss goodnight from dad this time.
Jayda came around to play after school the next day, she and Anna are becoming good friends.
Anna loves arts and crafts, and is building on her Creative aspiration.
Kimberly went over to meet Jayda's mother, Aleah, and they swapped cute family pictures.
Ryan makes sure to balance friends and studying (sometimes at the same time). His friend Easton happens to be Aleah's son and Jayda's brother.
He is a normal teen, he loves playing the Sims.
Kimberly headed to the spa with her friends Aleah and Charlee, walking in like they own the place.
Kimberly is trying new hobbies while her children are at school, so she checked the group in for a yoga class.
She headed home and spent some time with her family, feeling energised after her yoga session.
Even though the children are Gary and Kimberly's number one priority, they also make time for each other and headed off to the lounge for date night.
Kimberly has started keeping her own garden. She picked up a green thumb from her mother (who now lives overseas in Windenburg).
Friday night- Homework for Anna, fun for Ryan!
He and Easton headed to the diner/arcade for the evening.
On Saturday afternoon, Anna headed to the park to meet her friends she had met at school (Jensen and Ryley May) for a playdate.
Ryan joined in for a while...
Until his interests moved to Anna's friends' teen sister, Nicole, who had also chaperoned them to their playdate.
Ryan certainly has a mischievous streak.
I guess she likes the bad boys.
Kimberly waited on the street for the kids to arrive back.
Gary is working at the restaurant, so it is pizza night!
Nicole and Ryan seem to enjoy each other's company, so they headed off to somewhere a little more private.
The next day, Ryan and Easton were out on a walk when they bumped into the new twins who had recently moved into the neighbourhood - Daryl and Lane.
Back home, Kimberly and Gary were also getting "acquainted."
To celebrate Gary's promotion, the family headed off to the restaurant for dinner.