Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan made the world happy when they brought their daughter Everly into the world. We were happy to see the seemingly happy couple start their family together. Seeing the couple turn into parents was a joy to fans and it was disappointing when we saw them break up. It wasn’t the way that we wanted things to be for the couple.
Since then, however, Channing has made fatherhood look pretty easy and he’s clearly dedicated to being in his child’s life regardless of the breakup. Their daughter is five now and her parents seem more determined than ever to give her a happy and healthy life.
We are taking a look at the actor and all the ways that he makes parenting look easy. Not only that, but he may be one of the cutest fathers that we have ever seen. We have found photos of Channing and his daughter that will have fans swooning. Why? Because Channing is a stud and we just love seeing a handsome guy doting on his little girl the way that he does. There is plenty to love about this actor. Check out these 20 photos of Channing Tatum as a dad that make us swoon every time.
20 How Excited He Was To Be A Father
When Channing became a dad for the first time, he was the most excited ever, which was super cute. He captioned this photo on social media, "First Father's Day with my girls!" This was the first photo that the world got to see of their daughter Everly. Most parents don’t want to be a friend to their kids, they know their role as parents but Channing feels the complete opposite. "I'm just going to be a good friend to my kid," Tatum said to Vanity Fair. Whether that’s the best plan or not is up for debate, there are many ways of parenting your children.
19 He Says There Is No Way To Prepare For Fatherhood
We would have to agree with this one. Many new parents will read books and watch videos in the hopes that they will have some clue as to what they are doing when the baby comes. But no one is truly ready for a new baby to disrupt their life because we don’t really know what to expect. “I don’t think you can prepare. It’s a bit of a freestyle,” Channing Tatum told Vanity Fair’s contributing editor Rich Cohen about raising children with his now ex-wife, Jenna Dewan. Regardless of how well you think you’ve planned, a baby is a huge change in anyone’s life.
18 His Daughter Has A Bedtime Playlist
Even as a baby, Everly had a bedtime playlist that she used to help her get ready for bed. When Channing was on the Ellen Show in 2014, he told the host that Everly wouldn’t fall asleep to just any music that they played. She could only fall asleep to Drake or Prince’s "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.” Now, how cute is that? We’re not sure how many people would actually go about creating a playlist for a baby but music is certainly very important to Channing and Jenna. Everly will likely have a strong appreciation for music because of it.
17 He Dressed Up As Winnie The Pooh For His Daughter’s School
Channing has proven that he is willing to do anything for his daughter, even if it makes him look silly. He just has that type of personality. As we can see here, he is willing to even dress up like cartoon characters if it makes his daughter happy. Though we have to admit that he’s looking pretty cute in the costume. He dressed as Winnie the Pooh for his daughter’s Halloween carnival at school. It was likely her choice what character he dressed up as and it just goes to show that there are just some people out there that can rock parenthood.
16 He Got Her A GOAT For A Pet
This photo was posted to Channing Tatum’s social media in remembrance of the goat that he purchased for his daughter. The goat died sadly and he was honoring it for his daughter. He captioned the photo, “Girl and her goat. RIP Heather. You had a good long run, sweets.” It’s sad when any pet passes away but how cool is he as a dad to get his daughter a goat in the first place? “Your life isn’t yours anymore,” he said. “You revolve around something—and to be able to do that in tandem with somebody is pretty special.”
15 He Lets His Daughter Paint On Him
Channing Tatum has posted a lot of videos and pictures on social media of his face painted because his daughter likes to use his face as a canvas for her artistic vision. One such post was captioned with, “This is what it looks like when a little tyrant fairy artist holds you down and makes your face look 'better'” Well, at least it was the thought that counts. It’s always sweet to see these big, strong men who will completely go soft when it comes to their daughters. In this case, it’s safe to say that Everly has Channing wrapped around her little finger.
14 How Proud He Was To See Jenna Transform Into A Mother
Part of being so disappointed in the breakup of Channing and Jenna was the fact that they seemed so in love and supportive of each other. Channing seemed so amazed with Jenna after she had the baby and his posts about her were so sweet. He posted a picture of Jenna with their baby and captioned it with this, “Watching her in those first days transform into a mother was life-changing. She was every bit the beautiful, [...], funny, flawed creature I fell in love with. But the prism turned and showed a whole new light that I had no idea existed, the light of a mothers love. Thank you for that baby.”
13 Fatherhood Can Be Intimidating
Parenthood, in general, can be frightening because we realize pretty early one that we are in charge of making sure another human being gets through life safely. Channing discovered that soon after having Everly, that things were now suddenly on his shoulders. "It's [intimidating]. You made this thing and have to bring it into the world together. You think people are going to be there, but ultimately you just have each other," Channing shared with Vanity Fair when asked about fatherhood. Parenting is a very rewarding experience but it can also be a humbling one as well.
12 He Knew That His Child Was Going To Be A Girl
Parents are always guessing what the gender of their child is going to be. Sometimes they are right and sometimes they are wrong. It can be a fun game during a baby shower to guess what the baby is going to be and what the due date will be. Channing believed that he knew that Jenna was going to have a girl. During his Vanity Fair interview, he told Cohen that he was confident that it was a girl. “My wife thinks boy. I think girl.” It turned out that Channing was right in the end with his guess.
11 He Thinks Children Are Like Mirrors
One thing that parents discover when they have children is how they mimic their parents’ behaviors. Our children can become mirrors to the behavior that we have and that’s why it’s always good to watch our own actions because it affects our children. He told Vanity Fair that it’s cool to see how Everly mimics her parents. "I love being a dad. They're like little mirrors running around. They show you things about yourself you wouldn't pay attention to before. Jenna says it all the time: 'Oh, my God, that is so you right there.' But I don't know if I'm good at it."
10 Fatherhood Makes You Appreciate Your Own Parents
We hear it time and again how many people become parents and then they find themselves either apologizing to their own parents for the grief that they caused them or for thanking them for loving them so much. Sometimes it takes becoming a parent yourself to truly appreciate what your own parents went through. Channing may not be sure that he’s a great parent but he has an appreciation for his own parents. He told Vanity Fair, "I now look back on my own parents and have a better appreciation." Haven’t we all been there and felt that way?
9 He’s Super Proud Of His Daughter's Artwork
Celebrities are no different than regular people when it comes to being proud and showing off their children’s artwork. They love showing the world what their children have done. Channing has made plenty of posts on social media showing off the cute things that his daughter has created. He posted this picture with the caption, “Aaaa... this dream catcher is straight up what actual dreams are made of. #madebyatinyfairy.” We love the fact that he thinks her artwork is the most beautiful thing that he’s ever seen and that’s what makes him a swoon-worthy father. We love it!
8 Sometimes It’s Okay Not To Take Parents' Advice
It can be a struggle having children and not knowing whether you should follow your parent’s teaching or go with your gut. Sometimes it’s best to do what feels right rather than taking the advice of our own parents. He told Vanity Fair, “I don’t know anyone who did have perfect parents. It’s provided me with lessons I’ll try to improve upon when I’m up to bat. I’m just going to be a good friend to my kid. One thing I definitely want to change is that whole ‘I don’t want you to make the same mistakes’ mentality.”
7 He Has Dance-Offs With Everly
Who doesn’t like a good dance-off? If you can start that early with your children then you are sure to have a lot of fun in life. Channing is way ahead of the game and he stated in an interview that he has regular dance-offs with Everly. Both of her parents are dancers so it’s not hard to imagine these dance-offs occurring. Channing told E! News that he and his daughter have dance-offs daily. "She's always had dance moves," he said. "She does her own dance moves. I don't know where she gets them, but she's been doing them since the day she came out ... We have dance-offs almost every day at some point."
6 He Knows To Be Mindful Of His Behavior
One thing that becomes evident to us all when we become parents, is that we can’t be reckless and we have to watch our behavior. Some parents have learned to completely change their behavior because it’s what’s best for their children. Channing is very mindful of how he acts now that he has a daughter who is looking up to him. “Babies are just like little mirrors of you,” the actor said in an interview with Cosmopolitan. “They don’t even understand what you’re saying for a very large part of their early life.” He added, “That’s probably one of the biggest lessons for me — my behavior is everything to her.”
5 How Parenthood Makes You Appreciate Your Partner
Becoming a parent doesn’t just make you appreciate your own parents; it also makes you realize that you have a new appreciation for your partner. You see your partner through new eyes as you watch them parent your child as well. Channing told Cosmopolitan that he found a new appreciation in Jenna after they had a child together. “Someone told me—actually it was Jada-Pinkett-Smith—she said, once you’ve raised a kid for 10 years with somebody and there is no one in the whole entire world that you would go to war with first," he recounts. "Because you’ve already been through it all, and you’ve made it that far, and that person knows every [little] thing about you — all the uglies, all the goods.”
4 He’s A Proud Father
If you are wondering who this little rock star is, it’s his daughter Everly and on the day that this picture was taken, she made her father very proud. He posted the photo on social media with the caption, "So my daughter giving the lone ... sing [sic] at her school assembly today just confirmed what I already knew," he wrote on social media. "She’s cool AF!! And that I will never even come close to how (…) cool she is." We have to admit that it’s pretty cute and the fact that he’s gushing about it is even cooler.
3 He Always Gives Jenna Credit For being A Good Mom
Nothing is more endearing than to see a man give credit to the mother of his children for being such a good mom. He posted a photo of Jenna holding the baby while she slept with the caption, “I took this just days after Jenna and I (mostly Jenna) brought our little girl into the world. I've taken many like it over the past three years but this is one of my favorites. She was so tired. Haha. But she has such deep strength and otherworldly grace.” He added, “Saw this quote today -- 'The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. Theodore Hesburgh.'”
2 He Wants An Equal Role In Her Life
Some fathers are okay with the mother having full custody but Channing wanted equal rights when it came to seeing his daughter after the separation. He wants to have a large part in her life so when he went before the judge, he asked for equal visitation. At first, there was no real schedule in place but since then he has asked to see his daughter on Mondays and Tuesdays while Jenna will have her on Wednesdays and Thursdays. It took a while for everything to be put into place, but it looks like Everly will have a more structured routine to her life now.
1 He’s Ready To Put In The Work
Channing knows that his work schedule has to change to allow for him to have joint custody of his daughter. When he asked for joint custody, that meant that he was going to make sure that he was available for his daughter. That isn’t always easy for an actor who needs to travel for work. But Channing told the judge that he was willing to do whatever it took. Tatum has stated, “I am committed to spending my custodial periods with Everly.” He will have to travel at times with Everly and he requested that Everly be able allowed to travel with at least one of her parents.
Sources: VanityFair, TheParent, E Online, CafeMom