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Channing And Jenna Dewan-Tatum Reveal The Key To Being New Parents: Do You Agree?

PUBLISHED ON 09/26/2013

Behold, new moms and dads: a celebrity pair that's not afraid to be honest (and down to earth!). Doting new parents Channing and Jenna Dewan-Tatum are both back to work following the birth of their sweet daughter, Everly Tatum, and were more than happy to spill the details on just how they're all coping with the transition.

Jenna, who's filming the show Witches of East End in Vancouver told ET Canada that her husband is known as the "set dad" and loving it. "He is getting really good at being the set husband — that’s what I call him. He’s in the trailer, he’s rocking her to sleep, I’m running back and forth breastfeeding." She gushed, "He’s been amazing — every chance he gets he’s here. He’s like, ‘I could sit here and be set husband all day long. This is so fun!’" Well, isn't Channing Tatum the celebrity daddy of our dreams?

But Channing's all-star daddy skills wasn't the only thing Jenna dished on in the interview. The new mama said that she and her husband found the key to parenthood. When her interviewer asked how the trio was adjusting to life back on set now that baby had arrived, Jenna said, "We knew it was coming. I knew I had this show coming up, and we just knew, okay, let’s get through these four months and prepare for it as much as possible, which I’m learning is the key of motherhood: prepping. It’s going good so far."

I love Jenna's honest answer: Preparation. For any new mom returning back to work the only way to get ready for it is to actually prep yourself for the first few days back. She never says it was easy, which is something any mom — first-timer or veteran mom can definitely relate to. Going back to work is, for some, inevitable, and for others, staying home with baby is too. The best way to get yourself ready for it, though, is what Tatum says: Prep. Get the bottles ready, freeze extra breast milk, pick up the groceries, do the laundry a few days ahead of time. Luckily for Jenna, she had her husband standing by to help watch over Everly while mama worked. For others, it might be a nanny or a daycare center or a close family member who steps in to watch baby while you're away. And the only way to get ready for those moments is to start planning for them.

How did you prep to return to work?

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