I have been half-way around the world with this issue and have tried many different things.
My goal is to have a small linked (custom) icon on the right side of my nav bar, without resorting to custom menus (already did that, and it required more work to keep the child pages in the right place, etc).
Is there a simple way to do this? Perhaps I can set it up in the header.php?
Who knows? Any answer or insight is much appreciated.