Jenna Dewan-Tatum: My Daughter ‘Goes Against the Grain’

03/15/2015 at 02:50 PM ET

Jenna Dewan-Tatum on Daughter Everly
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Jenna Dewan-Tatum says her 21-month-old daughter Everly has acquired the gift of the gab.

“She’s talking a lot more,” the actress, 34, said at the Old Navy, On The Road event at Fig & Olive in L.A. on Saturday. “Her new favorite thing is to tell me, ‘Mommy, I want down,’ but it’s never an appropriate time. We’ll be walking down the street and I’m like, ‘No Everly, you can’t [sit] down here.’ ”

It’s just that Everly likes to do her own thing, the actress explains.

“She’s a go-against-the-grain kind of girl, which I love,” says Dewan-Tatum. “I just want her to be a confident, happy, passionate girl who feels comfortable in her skin and is able to pursue her dreams.”

And the best way to achieve this, according to Dewan-Tatum, is by spending as much time as possible with her little one.

“I make the most of any time I can spend with her,” the actress says. “I mean, 24 hours a day and I’m like, ‘Oh, I’ve been playing games with her all day long!’ ”

Of course, classes and a bit of dancing are also important!

“She’s scheduled! She has soccer class, art class and music,” Dewan-Tatum says. “[And every night] from 7.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m., we have parties after dinner. She’s obsessed with Sia‘s “Chandelier” and [Taylor Swift‘s] “Shake It Off”. She knows the dances, She’s learned off the videos.”

What else would you expect from the daughter of Dewan-Tatum and Channing Tatum?

— Raha Lewis

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seabot on

That’s normal toddler behavior, not going against the grain. Going against the toddler grain would be asking to be held to cross the street. The definition of toddler is “she wants to do her own thing.”

Jeanie on

AWE! I wish she would post pics of her little girl. I bet she is beautiful.

LC on

She sounds adorable (and I’m sure she is with gorgeous parents) but why so many classes for a child under the age of 2?

trudy on

Should she be watching music videos at her age? Videos arevery suggestive, no wonder kids grow up too fast!

FelicityJune on

she sounds like a over-ambitious mother. Just give this toddler a rest, will you. What’s with all the stupid classes and “parties” from 7.30 to 8 pm? She sounds so dumb, it hurts!! The kid isn’t even two yet and the mother already thinks she is a little rebel!! Stupid, stupid, stupid

Saruba on

The hurried child. I would put the child in one class at her age and that would probably be swiming where a parent participates.

kaye on

LC- I’m with you and isn’t 2 a tad young for joining soccer?

Anonymous on

She’s cute, they are cute. Plus, it doesn’t look like the Tatums are like, attention-hungry, like certain reality stars. It’s good.

Eli on

Oh, lawd yes. The fact that this child kicks a ball, colors, and bangs a tamborine around for probably a half hour a week in each class means she will be scarred for life. Thank GOODNESS we have so many parenting experts on these boards who are critiquing this woman’s mothering style rather than spending time with their own kids. I’m sure your kids won’t grow up to be jerks or anything!

thecarpetbaggernyc on

Eli, you hit the nail on the head : )

Cricket2.0 on

The “classes” are no different than any playgroup and she probably gets less outside class setting interaction than a kid in daycare, but if someone claimed the daycare kids were being done a disservice there would be mommy wars for days. So they dance around their living room for 30 minutes before bed…yes, she’s a crazy mom. Chill people.

Kristy on

I think that it is amazing that they are allowing their child to develop and placing her in classes. I know with my first born he was in classes when he was 3. Structure will only help them not destroy them. As far as going against the grain, this is their first child and they are only going on what they know. As a mother of two I find it encouraging that they are providing their child with structure in this crazy world that we live in and I can only imagine how hectic their lives can be. I commend them for not putting their child in the spotlight and for doing what is in her best interest.

Chris on

They offer Timbits soccer classes at the facility where my kids take soccer. It’s hilarious to watch because they are just focussed on running around screaming, laughing and occasionally kicking the ball about 1/2 a foot. The point is the kids are just there having fun and that’s why she’s probaly taking her daughter to soccer and other classes.