As a rule, fathers represent authority and mothers symbolize love, and you will have to figure out the meaning of your dream by considering the action and details of the dream and your parental attitude. As a general guide: If the parent you dreamed of is dead and he or she spoke to you, you can expect to hear important news. A dream of your mother signifies happiness in love or personal affairs, and a dream of your father forecasts progress in business, professional or career matters. To dream of being a parent if you aren't augurs a surprising turn of events concerning a cause you believed to be lost. A dream featuring a parent- (or parents-) in-law portends an awkward situation that will require all your diplomatic skill to surmount. To dream of the parents of others indicates that you can count on the help of friends when you need it.