Changing the Chatter: Help your daughter look beyond the mirror for better self-esteem. (Paperback)
Young girls ages 8 to 14 are at a critical point in their lives. Will they go on to a lifetime of healthy self-reliance? Or is their self-esteem foundation crumbling, sending them on a course toward everything from failed relationships to crushing substance abuse or worse? What if you could tip the scales decisively in their favor? You can Help the young girl in your life: your daughter, your niece, granddaughter or a child in your care look beyond the mirror for greater self-esteem. Help her find and keep her inner voice, inner strength, inner power, and, finally, to love the incredibly wonderful, uniquely talented person she is. Helping young girls to establish a solid foundation for lifelong self-esteem is author Alicia Marcos Birong's mission, and the subject of her groundbreaking first book, Changing the Chatter: Help Your Daughter Look Beyond the Mirror for Greater Self-Esteem. Birong has a master's degree in counseling and is a certified hypnotherapist with pediatric hypnosis expertise. She's also a certified life coach and served for many years in a variety of Catholic youth ministries. Her breakthrough work with children facing challenges from ADD and ADHD to self-mutilation has garnered her both instructional and speaking roles in school districts and at conferences across the country. Importantly, Birong is the creator and founder of Changing the Chatter: Celebrating ChatterGirls. This five session program provides girls ages 8 to 14 with the tool set they need to cherish the reflection in the mirror, to see and reach beyond the mask, to analyze the chatter playing in their minds, and, as necessary, to change that message. Birong knows that enrolling a girl in Changing the Chatter: Celebrating ChatterGirls is potentially life-altering and world-changing. It is her deepest wish that through sharing the overview of her innovative program and its extraordinary outcomes to date -- and her own deeply personal and compelling reasons for developing it -- Changing the Chatter will become an international movement. Read the book; spread the spark.
Author Alicia Marcos Birong is the founder and owner of "Changing the Chatter: Celebrating ChatterGirls" and "Guided Choices". With a passion for improving and empowering the lives of individuals of all ages, she has worked with children and adults for over 30 years as a life coach, therapist and hypnotherapist. Alicia holds a master's degree in counseling from Loyola University in Chicago. Throughout her career, Alicia has worked in the nonprofit arena, the business community, and the Catholic Church. She also teaches pediatric hypnotherapy at conferences and to therapists in the Chicago area, has published various articles, and has presented the topic to both national and international audiences. Alicia started "Changing the Chatter: Celebrating ChatterGirls" in 2013 to help young girls between the ages of 8 and 14 deal with social pressures and self-esteem issues. The goal today is to spread the message across the nation so young girls will have the tools they need to be stronger, more confident young women. In acknowledgement of "Changing the Chatter: Celebrating ChatterGirls", Shaw Media awarded Alicia with a Hometown Heroes Award, given to residents who have made a marked contribution to their community. Alicia resides in the Chicago area with her husband, Bill. She is the mother of two successful, grown children, and also is a proud grandmother.