The Bend Deformer can be extremely annoying. Just remember that it always bends to towards the X axis. So you can either change the bend angle in the deformer or you can rotate it. When you click fit to parent it always maintains its current orientation. So move everything in place how you want it then fit to parent. Shift clicking to make it a child is quick but is almost always wrong, unless you just dropped a primitive in the scene an didn't change anything. Let me know of any quick tips that you have and I will try and make a video and credit you! Also if anything I wrote or said in the video is wrong, please let me know.