I guess I'm just really socially inexperienced. Maybe I'll get better at it, I guess there is still time.
That makes me really sad. You must have been really scared. At least you're okay and maybe if you hadn't been able to save yourself someone would have noticed and helped you.
I like to start with a big box when I build and like add smaller boxes to the outside until it stops being so boxish. Good luck at the therapist I suppose. Parenthood lets you gain extra traits when a teenager becomes a young adult, they need to have like good manners and good emotional control which is pretty easy to raise and if it's high enough they'll gain a pretty powerful trait for each one but if they are low they get a negative trait instead. Also you can buy additional traits with the aspiration points but they are less centered around personality I think and some are REALLY OP. I don't really like dressing sims either, I almost always pick the same like 10 things for everyone but I'm trying to get away from doing that.
Making a bar is really fun and I was intimidated to do it at first but the game shows you all the things a bar lot needs to have to be considered a bar. Same thing for any of the other public lots, it's super handy. That vampire dude can be kind of rapey to be honest vampires can break into your house at night and like hypnotize your sim and drink their blood and leave them in a really shitty mood for the next day.