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For how to grow up, see Birthday.

Grow Up
Grow Up Sim
Toddlers playing with the activity table

Balloon toyblocks

All Sims have the Grow Up Aspiration when they're young, and they all need the same thing: love, time and attention from their family. See to it the other Sims around them make the time to teach these young'uns what they need to learn, and you'll give them a great head start on life.

Grow Up
The Grow Up aspiration is the default aspiration of toddlers and children in The Sims 2. Some wants and fears are specific to toddlers, while others are specific to children. While the aspiration is exclusive to Children and Toddlers, some pre-made grown-ups have hidden Grow Up aspiration tokens, like Julius Caesar.

Aspiration MonikersEdit

Level Toddler Child
Platinum Miracle Mite Child Prodigy
Gold Precocious Preschooler Wonder Boy / Wonder Girl
High Green Little Wonder Gifted Kid
Low Green Diaper-Filler Typical Tyke
Low Red Hectic Handful Bothersome Brat
Deep Red Rotten Rugrat Neglected Nightmare

Wants & FearsEdit


  • Learn to walk
  • Learn to talk
  • Get potty trained
  • Learn the nursery rhyme[TS2:FT]
  • Gain a skill point
  • Grow up well[1]
  • Be read to[2]
  • Play with a relative
  • Buy a toy
  • Buy a game
  • Make a friend
  • Gain a skill point
  • Ask for homework help.[3]
  • Get A+ on report card
  • Do homework
  • New family member
  • Buy a lemonade stand[TS2:OFB]


  • Grow up badly[4]
  • Throw up
  • Relative dies
  • Have a party
  • Relatives break up
  • Get D on report card
  • Have a terrible party
  • Relative gets left at the altar

Aspiration DesperationEdit

  • When a toddler's aspiration bar stays deep red for a long time, they will cry, whine, and throw a tantrum. A social worker may come and take them.[confirmation needed]
  • When a child's aspiration bar stays high red for a long time, they will smash flowerbeds, dollhouses and urns, kick tombstones and trashcans, and throw tantrums. Some may even start fights with a family member or a visiting Sim.

Tips & TricksEdit

Using boolProp testingcheatsenabled, adults can be given the Grow Up aspiration, but it does not have any exclusive wants and fears.


  • When a child grows up into a teen, it is possible to quickly age them up into an adult as the age meter stays full for about a second. Doing so will result in the adult retaining the Grow Up aspiration. The aspiration meter ranks are the same as the ones for the Romance aspiration.[confirmation needed]


  1. This is defined as growing up with the aspiration bar in gold or platinum. For toddlers, this is a 1000 point want. For children, it is a 2500 point want. The points are awarded after the Sim has grown up and the aspiration bar has expanded.
  2. While children can be read to, the want to be read to is apparently specific to toddlers.
  3. This is effectively a want to learn to study, as that is when the want is fulfilled. However, it is labeled as a want to ask for help with homework.
  4. This is defined as growing up with the aspiration bar in red.