Channing Tatum has been wearing many hats lately, while he’s co-parenting his daughter, Everly, with his ex – Jenna Dewan. He says he’s painting his face and wearing tutus and is rarely around the house without any sort of a costume when he’s with his little girl.
Channing Tatum Is Releasing a Kids Book
The bond he has with the 7-year-old Everly has been an inspiration for his first-ever picture book – The One and Only Sparkella. The book will be out on the 4th of May this year. The blingy outfits on the daughter and her father will make the book enticing for kids, but the big lesson in it is to find the confidence to be yourself.
Is Tatum’s Daughter Sparkella?
Everly is Sparkella on many different levels. Just like the book character, Everly loves to play tricks, wear fun outfits, and be different from the rest. She’s beautiful and bold in so many ways! Her dad also commented that they have played a lot in her room during the quarantine and this is what helped a lot with the story. He continued by saying he was even inspired by items of hers he found when she was not staying with him.
His Message to Fathers
Channing Tatum said that dads should not be afraid to get into their daughters’ worlds and find out who they are. He mentioned the fear he had about connecting with Everly once he became a single father. He never wore nail polish or knew how to braid hair but now says he does both. This has led him into a magical world and discovered love and connection like no other!
Reading Before Bed
Tatum said he usually reads about five books every night with his daughter. They would take turns and each one would read a book. They have a favorite picture book called The Farmer and the Clown, by Marla Frazee. He says the cool thing about the picture book is that you can come up with a different story every time you go through it, which is very fun to do with kids. He and his daughter also enjoy Red: A Crayon’s Story, by Michael Hall. A story about a red crayon that’s actually blue and the others need to accept that he cannot be red but love him for his blueness. It’s a story with a great meaning behind it!
A Foster Father Turned the Pain From His Past Into Empowerment
It takes a special kind of courage and strength to persevere through a difficult childhood and manage to turn that pain into a force for good. That’s precisely what Peter Mutabazi did as he took all the best of what his past taught him and used it to help many children as a kind and loving foster parent! His Instagram page is filled with images of a proud dad with his smiling kids!
Peter Mutabazi’s Difficult Past
Peter Mutabazi was only ten years old when he escaped an abusive home in Uganda. He spent several years living on the street and a kind family that helped him out encouraged him to attend school and ultimately, college. In 2015, Mutabazi moved to Oklahoma where he started a house-flipping business. As early as 2016, he began renovating his own home as part of his preparation to become a foster parent.
Becoming a Foster Parent
After he finished college, Peter felt like he had been given so much, he wanted to give something back by being part of someone else’s life and being a helpful and positive influence to them. He decided that a great way to do that is to become a foster father. Peter explains that the agency he contacted was surprised that a single man was interested in the program, as statistically, single men account for only 3% of adoptions.
Turning Past Pain Into Something Positive
Mutabazi fostered his first child in 2017. Since then, he welcomed 15 other children into his home from ages 4 to 17, sometimes fostering three or four kids at the same time. Peter explains that, because of his past trauma of being a neglected and abused child with nowhere to go, he knew what he lacked and longed for at that time. This knowledge allowed him to help the kids he was fostering navigate all the mental and emotional situations they were enduring in a way many others wouldn’t be able to.