Yes i agree, parents can be friends to their kids, infact very good friends. That's how its supposed to be. When parents avail themselves and make time from their busy schedules to spend time with their children they will be best of friends. Children need to spend all the time they have with their parents, that brings in the aspect of tight bonding and closeness. I don't think there is any other way that can make that happen if they don't spend time together. I believe its important to take time with your kids considering they depend on you solely for everything . So when you don't spend time with them,they will feel neglected,and that will eventually push them away from you.I don't think that is something any parent would want for their children. This would make them go out and look for that love that they did not get from you elsewhere. Heart breaking right? Children need their parents close to them always that closeness will help them in growing up as responsible children, and they will also know how much time is valuable to people. Being with people you love will teach you alot about togetherness. Spend time with your children and you will see the seeds you planted in their lives bring out the good fruits in them.