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Picked upload! Shared Parenting PTO - Global Mod

by whoward69 Posted 15th Apr 2017 at 11:09 AM - Updated 21st Apr 2017 at 12:42 PM by whoward69
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Shared Parenting Paid Time Off (PTO)

This global mod allows adults to share paid time off (PTO) (aka vacation days) while looking after the kids.

The original concept of this mod was to enable new parents to divide the three days of PTO received on the birth of a child between them.

Newlyweds, Arun and Abby, who both work Monday to Friday, have a new (post-honeymoon) "bundle of joy", Alan. Regardless of whether you have a mod that permits either parent to receive the maternity leave, one parent gets all the PTO - let's assume it's Abby.

Both parents are eager to help raise Alan, so on Monday, Abby stays home while Arun goes to work. Abby gets paid, using a day of her PTO. On Tuesday, Abby goes to work, while Arun stays home. Under normal circumstances, Arun would receive a message one hour before his coming home time that he'd missed a day of work and his job performance would decrease. With this mod, that message will not appear. Instead one day of PTO will be transferred from Abby to Arun, and Arun will be paid using that day of PTO.

Abby comes home from work and is promoted, her next promotion requires skills and friends, so on Wednesday she stays home to look after Alan and invites neighbours round (ostensible to coo over the new baby, but really to make new friends), while Arun goes to work. Abby will get paid, using her last day of maternity PTO.

The transfer of PTO will happen without regard to where the PTO came from, so ...

On Wednesday night when Arun comes home, he has now worked enough days to gain a day of PTO. On Thursday, when Abby stays home to look after Alan (who is now a toddler) and hone her skills for the next promotion, she will not receive the message about missing work, but will use Arun's day of PTO and be paid.

The original concept has been extended, and adults that can receive PTO from either parent of any children in the household are
a) the other parent of the child
b) an adult in a relationship (engaged/married) to a parent of the child
c) a parent of a parent of the child (grandparent)
d) a child of a parent of the child (sibling)
e) either adult if there are only two adults in the household
f) a card-carrying carer

For c and d, the common parent must have PTO. For example, Tanya, the teen half-sister of toddler Tommy, can only use PTO from Tyron (their common father) and not from Trisha (her step-mother)

PTO will only ever be taken from a parent of a child, but who can receive that PTO and what Sim life-states are considered as a child is configurable
By default, Sim babies, Sim toddlers and Sim children are all "children". There are options to exclude Sim children and Sim toddlers
By default, Sim adults, Sim young adults and Sim elders are "adults". There is an option to include Sim teens as "adults".

If both parents have available PTO, the one with the highest number of days will give up a day to the carer.


Example 1: Newlyweds Connor and Claire have a new baby (thanks InTeen risky honeymoon!), the PTO has been assigned to Claire, but as she's about to get a promotion, she goes to work leaving Connor at home to change nappies. Instead of receiving the "Connor missed work today ..." message, one day of PTO is transferred from Claire to Connor and Connor takes a day of paid vacation.

Example 2: Janet and Sharon are sisters and live in their (dead) parent's house with their partners John and Simon (respectively) and their bundles of joy James and Sophie (respectively). As a result of a drunken one-night stand, John is the biological father of both James and Sophie. John and Simon have recently changed jobs and have no current PTO, Janet has 3 days of PTO and Sharon has 5 days of PTO. On Monday, Janet, Sharon and Simon go to work, leaving John to babysit. Instead of getting the "John missed work today ..." message, a day of PTO will be transferred from Sharon (as she has more PTO than Janet) to John and he will take a day of vacation. On Tuesday, Janet, Sharon and John go to work, leaving Simon to babysit. As he is not the biological father of either child, nor is he engaged/married to Sharon, he will get the "Simon missed work today ..." message and suffer the resulting loss of job performance.

Example 3: Richard and Rachel have adopted a toddler, Ryan. Rachel has no accrued PTO while Richard has 5 days PTO. Richard goes to work, leaving Rachel and Ryan to go shopping and then on to the park. Rachel will not receive the "Rachel missed work today ..." message as, despite not being the biological parent of Ryan, the game recognises her as his legal parent and so a day of Richard's PTO will be transferred to Rachel.

Shared Parenting Planner
The planner looks like a calendar (see image 2) and can be found under Misc -> Misc and costs $0

Having a sim click on the planner brings up various options (see image 4) all with sub-options. If there are multiple planners on the lot (eg one in the nursery and one in the kitchen) they will sync among themselves as options are changed

Options - General
The "General ..." menu item has two entries that control the basic functionality of the mod (see image 6)
  • if nanny checks are enabled and there is a nanny on the lot, PTO will not be transferred
  • if shared parenting checks are disable, the game behaves as if the mod was not installed for this family

Options - Sims
The "Sims ..." menu determines which additional life stages are considered as children and adults (see image 5)
  • including toddlers as child enables adults to share parenting of sim toddlers
  • including children as child enables adults to share parenting of sim children. Enabling children automatically enables toddlers, while disabling toddlers automatically disables children (unless debug mode is enabled)
  • including teens as adult enables teens to share parenting of children

Options - Status
The "Status ..." menu item has further entries that control additional restrictions on the carer checks (see image 7)
  • if the adult has a "carer credentials card", they are a designated carer of any child in the family, regardless of blood relationships
  • if the parent donor of PTO is a member of the family (absent parents can be made to donate their PTO by disabling this check)
  • if the parent donor of PTO is alive (ghosts retain any PTO they died with). Disabling the alive check automatically disables the family member check, enabling the family member check automatically enables the alive check - as ghosts are in a family of their own (unless debug mode is enabled)

Options - Family
The "Family ..." menu item has further entries that control what types of adult-child relationships are used to determine of the adult is sharing parenting (see image 8)
  • if the adult is engaged or married to a parent of the child
  • if the adult is a grandparent of the child (technically the adult is a parent of the child's parent with available PTO)
  • if the adult is a (half-)brother/sister (ie a sibling) of the child (technically if the adult and child share a parent with available PTO)
  • if there are only two adults in the family, regardless of blood relationships

Changing Time/Day/Season
In addition to the shared parenting options, the planner can be used to (see image 9)
  • change the time, both hours and minutes
  • change the day of the week
  • change the current season
  • change the day of the season

Carer Credentials Card
The card looks like a credit-card (see image 3) and can be found under Misc -> Misc and costs $0

It has one menu option - "Put Away" that places the card directly into the sim's inventory

Copy the three WH_SharedParentingXyz package files into your downloads directory.

Delete the three package files from your downloads directory.

Package Dependencies
WH_SharedParentingController.package depends on WH_SharedParentingPlanner.package, do NOT delete the latter without also deleting the former. WH_SharedParentingCard.package is standalone and can be deleted if the "Carer Credentials Card" feature is not required.

Conflicts - General
Will conflict with any mod that alters the "Sub - Warn/Fire" BHAV (0x1003) in the "Phone Call - Incoming Call - Job Warning" (0x7F82CA75) object, or adds a BHAV to this object with an instance number of 0x1010

No known conflicts

Conflicts New Objects
Both the planner and the card objects have their own GUIDs so will NOT conflict with any other objects.

  1. Requires Night Life or any later EP
  2. Works for any career base, expansion or custom
  3. All default values are configurable via BCONs

"It is only by standing on the shoulders of giants that the rest of us can even see the top of the learning curve and contemplate attaining it."

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

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WH_SharedParentingPTO.zip 2.33 MB 274 19th Apr 2017
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Basic Download and Install Instructions:

1. Download: Click the download link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.

2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) or Stuffit (Mac) to extract the .package file(s) from the .rar or .zip file(s).

3. Place in Downloads Folder: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your Downloads folder:
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Windows Vista/7/8: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\
  • Mac: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\EA Games\The Sims 2\Downloads\


4. Place in Program Files: Cut and paste the .package file(s) into your appropriate Install folder:
  • Windows XP: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Windows Vista/7/8: C:\Program Files(x86)\EA GAMES\The Sims 2 (Your Latest EP)\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins
  • Origin: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection\Fun with Pets\SP9\TSData\Res\Catalog\Bins

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