March 15, 2015 02:50 PM

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Jenna Dewan-Tatum says her 21-month-old daughter Everly has acquired the gift of the gab.

“She’s talking a lot more,” the actress, 34, said at the Old Navy, On The Road event at Fig & Olive in L.A. on Saturday. “Her new favorite thing is to tell me, ‘Mommy, I want down,’ but it’s never an appropriate time. We’ll be walking down the street and I’m like, ‘No Everly, you can’t [sit] down here.’ “

It’s just that Everly likes to do her own thing, the actress explains.

“She’s a go-against-the-grain kind of girl, which I love,” says Dewan-Tatum. “I just want her to be a confident, happy, passionate girl who feels comfortable in her skin and is able to pursue her dreams.”

And the best way to achieve this, according to Dewan-Tatum, is by spending as much time as possible with her little one.

“I make the most of any time I can spend with her,” the actress says. “I mean, 24 hours a day and I’m like, ‘Oh, I’ve been playing games with her all day long!’ “

Of course, classes and a bit of dancing are also important!

“She’s scheduled! She has soccer class, art class and music,” Dewan-Tatum says. “[And every night] from 7.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m., we have parties after dinner. She’s obsessed with Sia‘s “Chandelier” and [Taylor Swift‘s] “Shake It Off”. She knows the dances, She’s learned off the videos.”

What else would you expect from the daughter of Dewan-Tatum and Channing Tatum?

— Raha Lewis

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