Just stumbled across this new remote control, which might be the best ever gift for parents, if only it worked. Check out the button labels in the pics at left. There are specialized ones like "say thank you," "don't answer back", and "tidy room", and general use buttons like"stop that", "play" and "no smoking" for day-to-day use. At only $8.75 plys S&H (from Spoon Sisters) I've got to get one of these!
PS: Check out some of their other parenting items, too! The book "How to Con Your Kids" looks like a winner, as does "The Wheel of Responsibility"- a wheel of fortune for deciding whose turn it is to do those obnoxious parenting chores like diaper changing, or driving the kid to practice. Best of all, the all-time best baby name book: "Sci-Fi baby names" featuring all time favorites like Klaatu and Barbarella. excellent! Wish I'd had this before the younguns had been monickered. TheWife fought off Kazimir and Lars, but she'd have been powerless against Klaatu or Aeon!