Sonia Khanna is a mom influencer, a poet at heart and a passionate cook. Sonia did her post-graduation in Radio and TV journalism. After her studies, she became a radio presenter with All India Radio and worked with many reputed channels, namely NDTV India and National Geographic. She has also worked as a freelancer journalist and voice-over artist as well. She got married to an army officer in 2012, and since then, she has been travelling and exploring the countryside with her husband and enriching her life experiences.
Icy Tales is in conversation with Sonia Khanna on her blogging journey and a lot more.
Q) You are a lot into cooking and giving out various recipes. How do you manage to serve greens to your child?
Sonia Khanna- My child is not a very fussy eater regarding food. He eats what we cook at home. Like any other child, he is also fond of junk; that junk is balanced by eating everything we cook. Initially, he made a fuss about eating everything we cooked, which I managed to add to smoothies, parathas or cakes and feed him. But now he eats dry fruits too happily.
Q) What tips do you have for new moms?
Sonia Khanna- One tip I would like to give to a new mom is to take everything new at once and day. Every new day and even every new second has something with it. Because parenting and motherhood are very tough, you learn every day. When we delivered the child, we were told that this was the toughest part, but raising a child and parenting him every day is relatively tougher. You must be mindful of your actions because your child will be copying and learning from you. So, I will only say to take it easy and don’t get into comparisons.
Every child will achieve the milestone, one day or the other, don’t compare or stress out that my kid is not walking or growing fast; he definitely will; be patient and take it easy. Try new and innovative methods to teach them things and play with them. Other than this, I would say that please be kind to yourself; mothers need to be kind, relaxed and calm. Even if people are igniting you, be clear for your kid’s sake. Be positive, and trust me. Eventually, everything will work out.
Q) Many times, a couple witnesses arguments and differences when kids come into the picture; what is your take on that?
Sonia Khanna- I think arguments and differences are part and parcel of every relationship because no two people are alike. It is always good if you have differences and talk them out because it makes your relationship stronger and more mature. If you had asked me this question two years back, my take on this would be very different. But 10 years plus into this marriage, I feel that we already had discussed all our differences, and now we have started thinking and changing from each other’s perspective and have grown up.
If I talk about the kid, when kids come into the picture, there are a lot of disagreements about parenting styles and a lot more. It will be much better if you don’t discuss things in front of the child because kids are brilliant these days. If they witness an argument happening because of them, they start taking sides with the parent supporting them. They are like mom loves me more or dad loves me more. Do all the discussions later on, but if you have any argument in front of your child, then be very strong on your ground and do not let your child take advantage of that.
Q) What inspired you to become a mom blogger?
Sonia Khanna- I started this to document my journey as a mother. I put pictures and videos to save them somewhere on the web. Since I already had a flair for writing, I started writing about my journey as a mother. Other mothers who followed me found it relatable and got connected with it. I gradually discovered that blogging and influencing have a world where you can share your experiences while at home and earn a little. I was able to look after my child and house and still get to do something for my career then why not.
Q) What do you do when you are stressed?
Sonia Khanna- When I am in stress, there are a lot of ways that help me. Either I meditate, go for a long drive, dial a friend or talk to my husband or son. I prefer talking it all off as it helps you calm down and have another perspective on your problem. Taking a deep breath and meditating is another way to manage stress and life.
Q) Many women turn out to be overworked mothers who prioritize their children, partner’s needs, & responsibilities at home without realizing that they are neglecting themselves physically, mentally & emotionally. What do you want to say about this?
Sonia Khanna- I have been there too. We, mothers or ladies, have been taught since the beginning that it’s all our responsibility – the house, husband, kids, and in-laws; now, with ladies mostly working and trying to make an identity, They have added another splendid feather to their hat. But it’s practically impossible for anyone to do it all. You will get exhausted and burn out if you don’t take a break or take some time for yourself. So it’s very important to designate tasks for others, take time, and prioritize yourself too. After all, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Can you?
Q) Mothers are often their own toughest critics. Is there anything you would like to change about yourself as a mother? If yes, why?
Sonia Khanna- Initially, I wasn’t headstrong. My child was fussy about getting his teeth cleaned; whenever I used to clean his teeth, he would start crying. And my husband couldn’t handle crying and fussing over teeth cleaning, so he used to say that if the child doesn’t like it, leave it. Then I went but later when his tooth gave up, we were repenting. Then I wasn’t headstrong about my opinion, and although I knew I was right, I quit cleaning his teeth. So, I want to be more adamant and opinionated as a mother.
Other than that, I want a more routine and disciplined life. I usually get bored with the routine, so I do not follow a set pattern. A more disciplined and set way for my child and me would be better, bringing regularity and clarity to our life.
Q) Tells us about a phase in your life that you would love to relive (and why) and a degree you never would ever go back to? (And why)
Sonia Khanna- The phase I would want to relive would be my childhood, as it was the most relaxing and carefree part of our life. We never realized in our childhood how blessed we were then. And on the other hand, that phase I would not want to look back on is nothing. I believe I was blessed to have everything in my life, I have grown out and learned from my mistakes, so there is no phase I hate.
Sonia Khanna is a mom blogger and Instagram content creator. She has also been an RJ and a voice-over artist. Sonia was always passionate about writing, so she started blogging about her motherhood, which soon turned her into a mom influencer. Besides this, the blogger also works in home décor and lifestyle blogging. She is even a great baker.