The Dad's Cab is a neat gadget that breeds an interesting
business idea. How about charging children for the services we provide as parents,
including carting them around to their many activities and engagements? All I
can say is I think and hope this is just a fun gag gift and nothing more, but I
can't help but fear that some might take it all too seriously.
Dad's Cab is available through an online retailer in the UK,
Gizoo and has been given such a warm welcome on the market that it won Gift of
the Year for 2008. You can also find it in the US at Amazon.
Ok, so this gadget is realistic looking and can be mounted
in the family vehicle; however, instead of dispensing their thoughtfully saved
allowances to pay their fares for being transported to school or dropped off at
the movies with their friends; dad, or any family member behind the wheel can
exchange their children's taxi services for assistance with household duties.
The bill for the fare, coined ‘Forfeit Cards' assign
children tasks like cleaning their room, or making their servant...erm, parent... a
cup of tea. Cute idea, but a bit reminiscent of the old joke; washing dishes to
pay a restaurant bill, no? But, at least it will help reinforce that not everything
happens without a cost, and increases children's appreciation for what their
parents do for them. Oh, and most of all; it's fun! Because isn't that the
While it's called Dad's Cab specifically, the sign can be
changed with others provided to say ‘Mom's Cab' or ‘Family Cab' so the product
isn't being discriminatory, thank goodness. It even comes with a Terms of
Carriage notice to be posted in the vehicle, to establish the legitimacy, or
take the joke to the next level. It also functions as an alarm clock, so when
the gag gets old, it has a renewed purpose, but unfortunately, it is battery
So the Dad's Cab probably makes for a bad business idea, but
it's definitely a fun gift!
UPDATE: This item is no longer available. Perhaps you can find something great for dad with Great Gadget Gifts for Dads .