Jenna Dewan might now be a busy solo mother, actress, dancer, and just all-around wonderful mom, but she’s also someone who knows how to prioritize things well in her life. As a matter of fact, many fans would agree that the Jenna that we see now is one that has never looked better, happier, and healthier. Sure, her separation from Channing Tatum might have been incredibly difficult but at the same time, she’s doing what she thinks is right for both her and her daughter, Everly.
And as the saying goes, if you really love someone, you’re more willing to let them go, right?
Well, if there is one thing that can be said about the new Jenna is that her fans are incredibly impressed by how she’s managing her life so well, especially as a celebrity in the spotlight and a busy working mother. And to top it off, she makes everything look so easy that we can only wonder what her secret to her success is.
With that being said, here are 20 reasons why we think Jenna Dewan is doing parenting right in her 30s. Check out our list below and as always, let us know what you think!
20 Charming Co-Parents
Jenna and Channing are committed to being the best co-parents that they can be. That’s why they are very open about communicating with one another and trying their best to work as ex-partners and parents for their daughter Everly. They also don’t want to worry about what happened in the past, but rather focus on what’s ahead for the future. “
They are both trying their very best to give each other the space they both need to move forward in life.” ET’s source said
“They want their relationship to stay healthy for their daughter Everly. They both plan to make her their very first priority.”
19 In The Spotlight
For Jenna, she knows that going through a major divorce and now being a solo mother in the celebrity spotlight isn’t easy. But it’s something that she’s willing to deal with, no matter how hard it might be on certain days.
She told Women’s Health, “It’s always challenging to go through a big change and have the whole world have an opinion about it…It’s okay for a relationship to change into a new form that is actually better for both people involved, and I think maybe that’s what [surprised] everyone so much – that it can be a positive thing. That was ultimately what happened with us.”
18 Facing The Mom Judgers
As a Hollywood actress and someone who is always in the spotlight, Jenna knows that she will have as many fans as she does critics. Unfortunately, there will be people who love her and yes, people who will have some not very nice things to say about her. Speaking about being judged as a mom, she’s said, “Apparently, when you become a mother, you’re supposed to leave your [looks] at the door, and I never understood that. I think there’s nothing [more attractive] than becoming a mother. You give life. It’s everything. And you don’t change who you are inside just because you have a kid.”
17 Everly’s Privacy
For Jenna, her daughter Everly’s privacy is very important to her. Sure, she’s a Hollywood actress in the spotlight, but at the same time, she knows that her daughter deserves as much privacy as any other child that’s her age. That’s why Jenna is very careful about what she decides to show the public, especially when it comes to her behind-the-scenes photos on social media. That’s also one of the reasons why she never posts any photos of her daughter and instead focuses on her public persona online instead. Jenna knows that her daughter never asked to be a child of two famous actors and wants to shield her from any of the unnecessary criticism and commentary.
16 On How She Parents Everly
Jenna is a wonderful, hands-on mom to her daughter, but at the same time, she’s a different kind of mom. She chooses her words very carefully whenever she’s around Everly, and that’s not because she wants to censor herself.
Instead, she just wants her daughter to know that she’s beautiful, but at the same time, she wants her to grow up with a good sense of self-worth. Things count on the inside as much as they count on the outside. She told Women’s Health,
“I’m cautious not to always say ‘You’re beautiful’ or ‘You look pretty.’ I say those things, but I follow it up with, ‘You’re smart, you’re strong, you’re opinionated.’”
15 All The Changes From The Past Year
It’s safe to say that Jenna and Channing have definitely gone through a whirlwind of a year with their separation and their divorce. But that hasn’t stopped them from being the best versions of themselves, and especially for Jenna. She’s still focused on her life, her health, and of course, her happiness. She told Women’s Health, “I did a lot of work healing from the inside out, becoming more in touch with my womanly power. It was always ‘I’m a dancer,’ or ‘I’m married,’ or ‘I’m an actress.’ Over the last couple of years, it became about learning about myself.”
14 Her Own Parents' Divorce
Jenna has always been very open about her own childhood experiences and her parents’ divorce. She told Vegas Magazine, “My parents split up when I was a year old, and due to life circumstances, [my mother] had to pick herself up, get a job and become a solo working mom. [Moving so frequently] completely informed my life [and] personality in very positive ways.
I learned social skills I don’t think I would have [with] a different upbringing. In a lot of ways I am really grateful for it. I’m also very conscious and aware of it, so it’s something that [explains] how I am, who I am, and probably greatly prepared me for life in Hollywood.”
13 Keeping True To Herself
Yes, Jenna is a mom and a Hollywood actress, but she’s also just a woman who needs to fulfill her time with her own needs and passions.
And one of those passions is dancing. It’s what brings her the utmost joy in her life, in more ways than one. Jenna told Vegas Mag, “It fulfills my soul on a level that most work and jobs do not because dance is my true passion. It’s always been something at the root of who I am; it’s in my [DNA]. I did not see this job coming, and I didn’t know what to expect because I never really had the intention of hosting, ever. [But] I’m in a place in my life where I’m ready to say yes.”
12 There Are No Ill-Feelings Between Jenna And Channing
It’s without a doubt that a lot of people were surprised when they first found out that Jenna and Channing were pulling the plug on their marriage. After all, they seemed like the perfect Hollywood couple. With that being said though, no one really knew what was going on behind closed doors. But at the same time, they want the world to know that things are civil between them. “They fell out of love, and it was a tough realization to come to,” adds the source. “They are both just incredibly sad. They’re amazing parents and are determined to stay a family. Their daughter is their world.”
11 They Will Always Have Love Between Them
No matter what, there will always be love between Channing and Jenna. After all, they shared so many wonderful memories between them during their marriage. And yes, there was no denying that Channing was always head-over-heals in love with his wife. He worshiped the ground that she walked on. Plus, who can’t forget how Channing said this back in 2017, “I guess if there’s one thing that I think men wish women knew, it’s just that they alone are enough. When more women start to truly feel this power in themselves, the world will become so magical, it makes my head hurt.”
10 She Doesn’t Try To Be A Celebrity Mom
It’s without a doubt that a lot of people have noticed that Jenna Dewan is not like a lot of other actresses out there. Sure, she likes to talk about parenting and motherhood from time to time, but she’s not what you would call a celebrity mom. She doesn’t try to cash in on being a mom in the spotlight. Instead, she would rather focus on her acting and leave do her job as a parent at home, behind closed doors. With that being said, she also doesn’t try and put her daughter out there on the red carpet as some other celebrity moms do.
9 Jenna’s Thoughts On Communication
A lot of people would agree that the key to a good marriage is communication. But successful communication is definitely hard. Things change over the years, along with expectations and how you respond to your partner. She told Redbook,
“Communication. You change when you’re together from 25 to 35. I think maybe in my early 20s, I might have tiptoed around issues or didn’t want to make too many waves.
Now it’s like, “This is how I’m feeling.” You have to be okay with the other person becoming defensive, to let them be emotional and accept that it won’t be okay for a while.”
8 Lessons For Her Daughter
If there is one thing that Jenna has learned in her life so far, it’s that you can’t do anything for your man that you wouldn’t otherwise do for yourself.
Yes, doing your part to make sure that a partnership is successful is incredibly important. But at the same time, you have to “do you,” so to speak. That’s why she wants to teach her daughter that it’s ok to put yourself first and that no, it doesn’t make you a selfish person. In other words, there’s nothing wrong with a little self-love and simply putting yourself first from time to time.
7 Raising A New Generation Of Feminists
Jenna is also doing one heck of a job raising a new generation of feminists. And luckily, she’s got her ex-partner Channing to help her along the way. Jenna has told Redbook, “We should want equality for men and women. Men should want that too. Chan is for women’s rights and so am I. Women should have the right to be the best they can be and make their own choices for themselves. Our daughter is young, but I think as she gets older, she’s going to be all about the standard for women we keep at home — she’s going to be strong.”
6 A Normal Childhood
For Jenna, all she wants to do is give Everly a normal childhood, even if it is one that’s right smack in the middle of Hollywood. Because of her demanding work schedule, Jenna might not always be there, but at the same time, she does one heck of a job to make sure that she’s a hands-on mom as much as possible.
That’s why she takes the time to walk Everly to school whenever she can, help her with her homework and of course, take her to dance classes, play dates and birthday parties.
She wants Everly to always be happy.
5 Social Reality
Jenna wants to know that what you see is what you get, but it’s not the entire package. As a matter of fact, she’s very honest about what she posts on IG and how it doesn’t always show what’s going on in her real life. She knows social media is all a part of the celebrity game that she has to play with everyone else in the entertainment world. Jenna told Women’s Health in an interview several years back,
“[IG] is just a highlight reel… Ten percent of the time, Chan and I have a lot of fun. Ninety percent, we’re really boring.”
4 Moving On
As far as what is in Jenna’s future, no one really knows. But for Jenna, all that’s important is that she and Channing get along for the sake of their daughter, Everly. She doesn’t want drama and she certainly doesn’t want any rumors swirling, either.
That’s why they are committed to remaining good friends.
A source told E! News that, “Jenna knew that Channing was dating and it wasn’t a surprise. A friend had told her what was going on.” Jenna “doesn’t really care what Channing does as long as he’s being there for [their daughter] Everly. Jenna’s dating too and they are both moving on with their lives.”
3 Her Relationship With Channing Now
Because Jenna and Channing share a child, it’s without a doubt that he will always be a part of her life. That’s why she’s committed to making things work, even though their marriage didn’t work out in the end. As a matter of fact, Jenna admits they are better off as friends. She told Vegas Magazine, “We started out as friends, and I would say it was an instant recognition. When we met [on the set of Step Up in 2005] it felt like we had known each other for many years. Ultimately, no matter what Chan and I are doing, we’re really great friends. I think that will never change, no matter what.”
2 More Kids In The Future?
Is Jenna Dewan thinking about having more children in the future? No one knows for sure. Even though she is actively dating again, no one knows how seriously she’s taking her relationships or if she’s even thinking about another marriage and one day giving Everly a little brother or sister to play with. But at the same time, her fans know that anything can happen at any time, too.
This time next year Jenna can be in love, engaged, and pregnant, or she could simply be doing what she’s doing right now, and that’s raising Everly as a happy solo mom.
1 Her Next Step
Of course, no one knows what Jenna Dewan’s next step will be or what’s in her future for that matter. But what we do know is that she’s not going anywhere, anytime soon. Jenna is here to stay and as a matter of fact, she’s just gotten started. Some would even say that she hasn’t even hit her prime yet. Watch this space. We have a strong feeling that there is more to come from this brunette beauty as we continue to keep Jenna on our radar.
Both her personal life and her job are lit right now, which means that things will definitely continue to heat up for her.
Sources: brainyquotes.com, people.com, usweekly.com, okmagazine.com, lifeandstyle.com, harpersbazaar.com.