A mother and father are parents of the opposite gender, and both are needed in order to conceive a child. There are mother and father quotes that are intended to show the humor in these relationships, and others that honor parents and show gratitude. Children have a mother and father by design, because each parent compliments the other and provides something unique and special. Without a mother and father you would not be alive, and the dynamics of a family are changed when a single parent is left trying to do everything and fill the shoes of both parents at the same time. Without both a mother and father you may miss out on some important lessons in life because each parent can provide a unique perspective and outlook that helps provide balance.