A mother and child Photo: Edwin Dalorzo

By the numbers: Mothers

Millions of people are spending time to shop for presents for Mother's Day, which is Sunday.

Most shoppers overlook that most mothers would rather have the presence of their children instead of the presents. Many of us don't live close to our parents, so it may take a phone call to provide that presence.

Father and son

About Father's Day

Father's Day began in the early 20th century to complement Mother's Day in celebrating fatherhood and parenting by men, and to honor and commemorate fathers and forefathers. It is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide, and typically involves gift-giving to fathers and family-oriented activities.