Our brains constantly take in information and make connections. As thinkers, we naturally form expectations about the world around us. Although we may not always be aware of these expectations, they still affect us. Unmet expectations can lead to stress, anxiety, or depression. In my recent Hooray for Family article, I discussed ways parents can help kids cope with stress by identifying and discussing expectations in several key areas. By having these conversations, parents will be better prepared to help kids cope when their expectations are not met. To learn more about helping kids cope with stress, please click here to read my article.