The methodical parent is as rare as a day in June and the totally self-assured baby sitter is, too. This little manual is a handy outline-of all the things that should be (and often aren't) considered when a minor takes over the care of a very young child. The good manners of the situation are presented briskly and frankly--don't eat more than you're offered, don't be afraid to mention money, when the employers ""forget,"" and watch out for the fathers who get flirtatious When they're driving you home. The book also takes into account the fact that boys make good baby-sitters and the advice to them leads into a set of reminders about changing, feeding, and comforting small children. How to keep the various age levels amused is always a problem and there is an excellent graded list of Suggested activities with a sensible estimate of average attention spans. Information on how to handle emergencies and what to do 'til the doctor comes is organized for calmness in calamities. Like all good advice, this is brief.