With fewer and fewer families able to afford a full-time housewife, Hautzig's idea seems promising. But she begins with a lot of cautionary advice that applies whether parents work or not and that most kids have heard often: Never cross on a red light, never accept candy or rides from strangers, be sure your bike has brakes, call if you're not coming home after school, hang up your coat and towel, etc. Other matters she goes into, such as the use of household appliances and leaving a set of keys with a neighbor, are probably best left to each family to work out. Beyond this Hautzig throws in some first aid (but advises a handbook), a week's menu's (recipes run to canned soups and canned fruits, sometimes mixed together), and some time-killing crafts ideas--both for your own amusement or for babysitting a younger child, though the difference between the two categories is minimal. And those who don't know what to do together when the chores are done won't find much stimulation in her ""find a hobby that the whole family can participate in."" Flabby.