Singing fathers called to take part in Wimbledon baby classes


Thula Mama was set up to help sleep-deprived mothers in the town.


By Lucy Elder, Seema Hakim and Oli Rahman

Wimbledon’s singing classes for parents and children are on the lookout for dads to join their ranks.

The group founder and mother of two, Emily Jones, 36, started Thula Mama in January for sleep-deprived Wimbledon mothers.

The classes, which are held in her living room, are inspired by her sister-in-law’s experience as a new mum.

Ms Jones said: “It’s truly extraordinary, sometimes the mums start singing and we don’t hear a peep from them (the children) for 90 minutes!”

She added: “We try to get a good balance between teaching and making it fun for the children.”

Ms Jones added that as the group is mainly female she is looking for dads to join so they could bring fresh ideas to the group.

Neil Sinclair, author of the book Commando Dad: Basic Training, believes that singing has a wide appeal.

He said: “Singing is something that any age trooper will enjoy, right from birth, and could help your troopers develop language skills.”

He added: “It’s great for parents to learn something new too.

“It’s all too easy for us to get stuck in a rut and it can be great to challenge ourselves.”

Ms Jones says that she tries to include a variety of music in her classes, including folk, children’s songs, and even African music. A grateful mother said: “Thula Mama is the only music that will put my baby to sleep, it’s magic! And I never travel in the car without it.”

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