This script does a 'Maya-like' parenting operation - where all selected objects (but the last) are linked/parented to the last object you selected. Simply select the objects you want as children - select the parent last - and run the script. When finished - only the parent is selected. This is a MACROScript - so it's quick and easy to add as a keyboard shortcut. (I use 'p'). Like all my Macroscripts - found under the 'Comet Cartoons' category.