Kinsey Pocchio, LMFT, Ph.D.: Building Healthy Relationships with Family Routines | All Together #31

In this episode, host Dina Sargeant is joined by Kinsey E. Pocchio, LMFT, Ph.D., who is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Tallahassee, United States

The essence of family lies in close-knit bonds, providing love and support. Yet, hectic schedules hinder nurturing these connections. Incorporating consistent routines into your family life can enhance the love, support, and security within your close-knit unit. 

Meet Kinsey E. Pocchio, LMFT, Ph.D.

Kinsey E. Pocchio went to Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, to get her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. She is now in the Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy program at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

She has a history of helping her clients through significant changes and giving them the skills and support they need to start the next part of their lives easily. Kinsey likes to push herself and her clients and thinks every client brings something different to therapy.

As a marriage and family therapist, Kinsey knows how to help single people, couples, and families. Her main goal is for her clients to feel safe and welcome in the place she gives them. She gives clients a safe place to talk about whatever is bugging them without fear of being judged.

Kinsey likes working with single people who have relationship problems, like after a split or separation, and couples who think they are going in that direction. She also stands with LGBTQIA+ people. 

About the episode

As a marriage and family therapist, Kinsey Pocchio believes that family routines are essential in understanding individual behaviors and addressing potential problems. She emphasizes the interconnection of family routines and individual duties, highlighting the difficulties of juggling different obligations within a family. 

The dynamics and roles within the family unit transform as family members age. Children’s communication patterns also change as they mature and express their preferences and boundaries. Understanding and adjusting communication patterns become crucial to navigating familial roles and preventing constant conflicts.

Kinsey acknowledges the complexity of familial ties. According to her, it is imperative to prioritize well-being over maintaining toxic relationships rooted in a biological relationship. A growing societal shift embraces the idea that family extends beyond biological connections. Individuals increasingly choose their family based on meaningful relationships, emphasizing the importance of surrounding oneself with supportive and nurturing individuals.

Kinsey defined family routine as a collection of day-to-day roles, responsibilities, and routines inside the family unit. Gender norms influence these routines, with societal expectations placing a greater strain on women to balance numerous duties at home and in the workplace.

Kinsey acknowledges the imbalance in shared tasks and emphasizes the need for enhanced communication and organization within the family structure. According to her, a high level of structure and warmth contributes to developing a close-knit relationship. However, the associated responsibilities and expectations attached to these roles could lead to feelings of exhaustion among family members.

As for growing children, the impact of family routines varies and can be influenced by a child’s personality and temperament. Pushback from children and time management difficulties are some challenges parents face when establishing routines.

To encourage positive behavior in children, Kinsey suggests implementing token economies, like chore charts and treasure hunts, to incentivize children and make routines more engaging and enjoyable. She also encourages parents to involve their children in decision-making and avoid using fear or punishment to motivate them.

Kinsey acknowledges that challenges may arise, such as resistance and time management issues, but believes that consistently practicing these routines can lead to positive outcomes. Eventually, it will foster better emotional, academic, and social relationships within families.

In conclusion

Family routines display an array of interrelated dynamics, emphasizing their critical role in shaping and strengthening familial relationships. Establishing family routines is complex and transformative, from the day-to-day tasks to obligations. It provides a foundation for enduring love, support, and togetherness within the intricate tapestry of family life.

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