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    Channing Tatum has an important message for dads: ‘Wear the tiara’

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    Channing Tatum “wasn’t sure what to do with a little strong little girl” when he first became a single father.

    Tatum shares custody of his nine-year-old daughter Everly with ex-wife Jenna Dewan. Since the former couple’s split in 2018, the 21 Jump Street actor has learned to conquer his fears of raising a child. In an interview about his latest children’s book, The One and Only Sparkella Makes a Plan, Tatum opened up to Fatherly about what he’s learned and the advice he has for all the dads out there. Namely, don’t be afraid to play dress-up.

    “You don’t even need to be cute. You could just put on the dress and still be yourself,” he says in the new interview, published on June 17. “It’s just going to be even funnier to them. Like you could be as grumpy and as tough and whatever as you want to be, wear the tiara.”

    Tatum recognises that it can be a challenge for any parent to stay engaged in playtime after a full day’s work, though he says Everly isn’t afraid to call him out if he isn’t giving 100 percent. “She knows when I’m not being really creative because I’ve given her too much too early,” he says. “And I tried too hard too early, and she’s just like, ‘Dad, you’re phoning it in,’ or she’s like, ‘Come on, play for real,’ when she knows I’m phoning it in and I’m just tired.”

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    Ultimately, Channing Tatum says the key to being a good dad is a “spectrum” but comes down to “the will, the want to show up, and just be present.”

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