Parenting is a huge topic. So many things can be important. Being bombarded with a plethora of supposedly helpful hints is sometimes not as helpful as one would wish. For one thing, parenting involves helping children learn key developmental tasks during childhood, which can set them up for a more successful life. It also involves role-modeling the most effective way to communicate with the self, again to increase one’s likelihood of success—by design.

This seminar is designed to provide brain-function information related to a key development tasks of childhood: trust, and its impact on the ability to delay gratification—a requisite ability for developing skills in almost any area of life. This seminar also includes current information on the most effective way to talk to the self (and to others). Again, a requisite ability that increasing a person’s risk of being successful—by design.

Both of these strategies can be learned and honed in adulthood, as well, or re-learned if an individual recognizes that they were not learned adequately or appropriately during childhood.


This seminar can be presented in two 50-minute segments.


Audiences who are interested in enhancing their parenting (and reparenting) skills.


Upon completion of the seminar, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the developmental task of trust
  • State examples of inappropriate levels of trust
  • Explain the relation of trust to an ability to delay gratification
  • Briefly explain the new research on self-talk style
  • Provide two examples of appropriate self-talk
Arlene TaylorPresented by Arlene R. Taylor PhD
Brain Function Specialist, Realizations Inc