The problem was that I could not access my parents computer because for whatever reason, their router refused to forward a connection for port 5900 (VNC). I was, however, able to SSH to the linux server in their basement and doing a "telnet ip.address 5900" showed that their VNC client was responding fine. Of course it's always better to use SSH for VNC anyway so I figured this was a good time to learn how. On my iBook it was a very simple command in the terminal window and this should be the same for any version of UNIX/Linux as well. The solution is the -L option for SSH.
Here was the command that I issued:
ssh -L 5900:192.168.1.75:5900 firstname.lastname@example.org -p 222
The 192.168.1.75 address represents what my parents computer's IP address is on THEIR local LAN. The first 5900 represents the port that my local computer will respond on and the second 5900 is the port that the linux server at their house will forward traffic to. The parents.house.net address is the (fictional) dynamic host name they are using and the 222 is the port that the linux server is responding to ssh requests on.
Once you issue that command, it asks for admin's password and then takes you to a shell on the linux server.... the difference is that now your computer is responding to 5900 locally and sending all the data directly to 192.168.1.75:5900 on their local LAN.
Just open up Chicken of the VNC or other favorite VNC client and connect to "localhost:5900" and all your traffic is headed directly through the SSH tunnel. Reference Link