Courteney Cox Admits She Wishes She Was a 'Firmer Parent' When Daughter Coco Was Younger

The actress shares her daughter with ex David Arquette

<p>Courteney Cox/Instagram</p> Courteney Cox and daughter Coco

Courteney Cox/Instagram

Courteney Cox and daughter Coco

Courteney Cox is opening up about her relationship with daughter Coco.

On Wednesday, April 24, the Friends actress, 59, appeared on Minnie Driver's podcast Minnie Questions and spoke about her journey into motherhood. Cox shares her 19-year-old daughter with ex David Arquette.

Speaking about raising her now teenage daughter, Cox shares that she wouldn't always "step into" situations because Coco was adamant about dealing with things on her own. "I should have [trusted] myself and I should have stepped in," Cox says.

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"I'm not saying I made her who she is, but you do see things in other people, whether it's just always taking care of people and being the nicest person," the proud mom shares. "And I mean, that's one of the things with age, I've learned to say no, I've learned to have boundaries.

"But I mean, earlier on when she was a kid or not even that many years ago, I wish I'd been a firmer parent."

During a 2021 episode of The Drew Barrymore Show, the actress opened up about her daughter Coco's love for self-expression and how she shows her support.

"People will say, 'Why do you let Coco wear so much makeup?' She's been wearing makeup forever, that is a self-expression for her," Cox explained. "She loves to dress up. She will dye her hair, it was purple a week ago, I think right now it's blonde underneath before it was blue."

The star teased that Coco dyes her hair so often that "we've ruined the bathroom 1,000 times."

Despite the mess, Cox reiterated the importance of parents letting their kids express themselves.

"I think we just have to let them be themselves with boundaries, of course," she said. "I am not great at boundaries. I have to get better at it."

That same year, Cox posted a sweet video playing the piano while Coco sang a cover of Taylor Swift's 2020 song "Cardigan."

In the touching clip, the mother-daughter pair sat side-by-side on the piano bench while musician Joel Taylor played the guitar. Throughout the video, the actress beamed at her daughter, before sweetly leaning in to give her a nudge at the end of the song.

"Happy Early Mother's Day to all those out there who are mothers, have been mothers, will be mothers, or love like mothers," the star captioned the post.

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