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#51 Old 25th Jul 2012 at 4:28 AM
Well, assuming that the original assignment of the nanny is random, and given that the random number generator is broken, it makes sense that a lot of people would either get the bad nanny or the good nanny preferentially, even apart from statistical clusters.

I've been playing different incarnations of Pleasantview and have had all three nannies: Kendal, Karen and Calista. They've been incredibly helpful.
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#52 Old 25th Jul 2012 at 5:10 AM
I had a nanny recently that insisted on insulting the mother. She got fired.

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#53 Old 25th Jul 2012 at 1:55 PM
I think twins are just a huge strain on the nannies (and their elder sim motive decay rates); the bad ones -- like the one that Peni described -- dote on one toddler and neglect the other, while the good ones -- like supernanny Sophie Miguel (who I misnamed as "Kendell" in my previous post!) -- try to take care of both of them at once and end up in bladder failure for their efforts.

Heck, twins can be a huge strain for just one adult sim with adult sim motive decay rates to handle. When Jessie Pilferson had her twins Axl and Bonnie, they acted as a single unit and would not give her a single moment to herself while they were awake. She spent their entire first day of toddlerhood in a pathetic state of hungry, exhausted, and bathing out of the sink. I ended up having her invite the twins' father Gunnar Roque to move in with her so he could help her out. (They now have four kids, and will probably have more due to their peculiar "luck" with the ACR casual menu. Gunnar may be a mediocre musician, but he's apparently a virtuoso at knocking Jessie up.)

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#54 Old 25th Jul 2012 at 2:14 PM
In my years of sim playing, I have only used a Nanny twice. Once when the mother was going to a community lot and the game wouldn't allow her to leave her 2 children alone. Also, once when both working parents' hours clashed with the child's. It was only for a couple hours or so on the last day of the kid's childhood. The child did her homework and spent her time painting and napping. The nanny kept making multiple dessert dishes, which I kept stuffing up in the child's inventory.

If the parents' vacation days/promotion time and the maternity leave is managed properly, there won't be any need for a nanny when the children are babies and toddlers. The presence of another household member like a grandparent, uncle/aunt or a teen sibling helps a lot. Also the parents can use the "call in sick" phone option repeatedly.
#55 Old 25th Jul 2012 at 2:22 PM
If you make a nanny selectable she will become a normal visitor and won't take care of anyone, but just watch TV or anything allowed to visitors. Christian-lov has a custom nanny but she is extremely robotic in her actions. If you have teens in your sim family, they are naturally baby-sitters and care for babies on their own. The mod to allow "ask to baby-sit" will imprison a visitor sim to the lot". Don't forget to click "dismiss" when you don't need the visitor as baby-sitter any longer. In apartments it causes issues. On residential lots, not sure, I had issues and took the mod out.
By the way, servos are good baby-sitters but otherwise, a pain in the gears, err neck.
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#56 Old 26th Nov 2012 at 5:50 AM
I know this post is old but is anyone else having problems? I downloaded the one where you can have someone you know come and watch your kids and after I killed off most of the nannies I tried to make the mother use the phone to call the last nanny over but she just picked up the phone kinda looked at it and put it back down I tried restarting the game and even my computer but I ended up having to make them move and then she could use the phone again so I called the last nanny, killed her and then I was able to call sims I know to babysit I loved being able to control their actions and since my sims have a pretty big family it was nice to call "grandma" or an aunt/uncle to come over and watch the kids while mom and dad were at work but now its doing the same thing again so they cant use the phone I had her go buy a cellphone which worked for a day or 2 (sims time lol) but now when I click her to make a call the only "phone-related" option is "Answer" when I click that it goes to actions but then it goes away and she never does it. I have tried going to other households but its the samething (phones work for awhile but then when I call "sitter" a few times they stop working.

I tried deleting the "ah_babysitter" but that didnt fix it...Any advice? I can't really play anymore because it irks me lol and I have families now that have to work and don't have a sitter
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#57 Old 26th Nov 2012 at 6:00 AM
Well firstly the game nanny is an NPC and every time you kill one the game will sporn another unless you use a hack that stops NPS from sporning. It sounds like you either did something to your game or you have conflicting cc. Have you tried pulling all your cc and seeing if the phones work then? There is a whole help section here on MTS.

Far better is to make a playable sims house into a home day care and use Christianlov's transporter mirror to beam the toddler over to that house and your sim can go to work, come home and transport them back. I haven't tried it with babies as I'm not sure if that is safe or not, but with toddlers and kids it is fine.

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#58 Old 26th Nov 2012 at 2:27 PM
Well, better is a relative term - "anyone watch kids" may well suit her playstyle better, which is the important thing on that front.

The problem is not the hack, since she removed it and the problem remains, but the phone, which most likely has nothing whatsoever to do with the nanny/babysitter situation. Ms. Wife10, you need to get a book and the beverage of your choice and work your way through the Game Help FAQ, the one you're directed to when you try to make a help post to the Forum. This starts with "back up your game," which puts a copy of your neighborhood in a safe location so that nothing you do during the testing process matters. It's a long and tedious process, but not as long and tedious as it sounds when you just read it. Once you've tracked down the problem you should be able to use the "anyone watch kids" hack - and not mess with killing off the nannies, which I don't understand what that was about. They just wander around the neighborhood being townies if you don't call them.

And you probably killed a good nanny in there with the bad, one who empties potties and makes dinner and plays with the dog. Doesn't that make you feel terrible?

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#59 Old 26th Nov 2012 at 4:26 PM
I use this very hack myself, and there's no need to kill off existing nannies in order for it to work. Babysitter shows up as an entirely separate option on the Services menu.

ETA: If there's no one to select when you have a sim call for a babysitter, that means no one's available to babysit because all candidates are at work. So if that's why you're thinking it's "not working", you just need to broaden your sim's friendship base, perhaps to include a sim who doesn't have a job.
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#60 Old 26th Nov 2012 at 9:06 PM
Next time I use a nanny, I will probably make her selectable so I can train her in parenting, cooking, and cleaning. Oh, and fire safety. Maybe one day she will become actually good at her job.
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#61 Old 26th Nov 2012 at 11:54 PM
Training a sim in Parenting doesn't actually make them any more effective at child care. It only serves to give the player the ability to direct the sim to Check on Baby (or however it's notated).

As for cooking and cleaning skill, it has been too long since I've peeked at a nanny's stats to remember for sure, but I think they're already pretty high in cooking and cleaning skill. If that is indeed the case, my guess as to why they so often start fires is that even sims with high cooking skill will be prone to burning things they're making for the first time. And since a nanny you've just hired for the first time has never actually cooked anything before...

Skilling them up on Fire Safety might actually be helpful, but not as helpful as making sure there's a fire alarm or sprinkler installed in the kitchen.
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#62 Old 27th Nov 2012 at 12:22 AM
Any time I have hired a nanny I put the stove in a sims inventory to stop her starting a fire but it allows her to make sandwhiches or salad.

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#63 Old 27th Nov 2012 at 1:48 AM
There are also "no cooking fires" and "no (or less) burning food" hacks...
#64 Old 27th Nov 2012 at 1:57 AM
I only use nannys as a "game-don't-take-my-kids-away" measure. I've learned to get rid of them and the butler if I have a toddler who needs to learn his skills and the parents are home. EA's NPCS seem to think sim-toddlers are amphibians who must spend most of their time in the bath least they dry out..
#65 Old 27th Nov 2012 at 10:02 AM
If you're not into nannies, just get a subhood version of Strangetown unless it's your main hood, make friends with Nervous Subject, then invite him over whenever you need a nanny. He's much better from what I've read.

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#66 Old 27th Nov 2012 at 2:56 PM Last edited by gazania : 27th Nov 2012 at 3:10 PM. Reason: Bad grammar. :)
I use nannies, and for some reason, most don't bother me. There is one particular one, though, who seems to be ESPECIALLY nasty ... she gets fired right away.

Recently, I've moved more toward Servos. And sometimes, if I'm in a romance-novel type of mood, I'll move in a young man or woman to take care of the kids of a single Sim. In time ... oh, I think you can guess what happens. I'll do that with the Servos as well.

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#67 Old 27th Nov 2012 at 3:05 PM
Originally Posted by gazania
I use nannies, and for some reason, most don't bother me. There is one particular one, though, who seems to be ESPECIALLY nasty ... she gets fired right away.

Recently, I've moved more toward Servos. And sometimes, if I'm in a romance-novel type of mood, I'll move in a young man or woman to take care of the kids of a single Sim. In time ... oh, I think you can guess what happens. I'll do that with the Servos as well.

This is why I DON'T post Sim novels here. Kind of tropey, but it works for me.

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They quickly become "like family".
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