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Child Prodigy in The Sims 3

Child Prodigy64 (20)

Complete a Lifetime Wish before becoming a Young Adult.

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Posted on 11 December 10 at 00:10, Edited on 23 January 11 at 10:48
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This is a complete, detailed guide for the "Child Prodigy" achievement.

Before starting, make sure you have "Enable aging" turned off, or at least have the game set to Epic. This can be done by hitting the start button, going to options, and scrolling down to Sim Lifespan for Epic, and to "Enable aging" closer to the bottom. Also, High free will is recommended, so you can focus on the child while the parents do there thing.

1. First, you can either start a new game, with a baby, toddler or child( if you do this skip to step 5), adopt a child using the phone, or have a child in game with current Sims. I highly recommend doing this achievement with a kid you had with two Sims that are already well established and have the Life rewards of Steel Bladder, Dirt Defiant, and Hardly Hungry(purchasable under the lifetime rewards button under Sim Info). This will allow you to focus as much time as you can on the kid.

2. As soon as you have the baby, Buy a birthday cake in the buy menu (Entertainment>Parties), and have the baby blow out the candle(Make baby active Sim, then choose birthday cake.)

3. Now, in the toddler period, it is VERY IMPORTANT to teach the toddler ALL THREE toddler lessons, walking, talking, and potty training. Start with Potty training, using the "First Step Potty Chair" found in Kids>Furniture in the buy menu. You can only potty train when the toddler has part of his bladder bar empty, so pay attention to the toddlers bladder while teaching to talk and walk.

4. Once you have taught the baby all three skills(Note, if you do not teach all three, you will not be able to complete the achievement), buy another birthday cake and have the toddler blow out the candle. You should choose the Traits "Bookworm" and "Artistic". Make sure you have 40 Karma points available before you do this, and have purchased the "Stroke of Genius" Karma Power from the Challenge Shop, and have a computer available for your Sims.

5. Immediately active the karma power "Stroke Of Genius" for your child and have them begin "practice writing" on the computer. the lifetime wish of "Illustrious Author" SHOULD become available instantly. If not, continue having the child practice writing or painting until it becomes available.

6. Now, simply keep the child practicing writing and painting in it's spare time until the achievement pops! Remember to use "Stroke of Genius" every chance you get.

Note that you can get this achievement with a number of other lifetime wishes, I just found this one to be the easiest to set up for. If you decide to go for a different lifetime wish, make sure to choose one that has nothing to do with a job, as children can't get jobs.

Good Luck!

Edit: Note from Lt Davo. It helps to read painting books to your toddler to improve thier painting skills later in life, and helps ensure getting the writings/painting wish. Thanks for the tip!

Edit: It has been reported you may only be able to age someone one time with aging off. If you find yourself unable to age your child further, turn aging back on.
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