The banners are being rolled up, and recycling bins are full of wrinkled protest signs, but the impact mothers made at #familiesbelongtogether rallies on Saturday will be felt long after the evidence has been erased from public spaces.

They wanted the government to hear their voices and understand that immigrant children and parents who've been separated must be reunited, but there were also plenty of little ears listening today.

Many mothers attended the rallies with children strapped to backs, holding little hands in their own, or pushing strollers filled with the minds and hearts that will someday inherit this society.

And those moms shared a powerful and message that those children heard in person, and the rest of the world heard through social media: There is so much power in love and empathy.

Here are five amazing images moms posted while protesting.

Chrissy Teigen in Los Angeles

Chrissy Teigen is probably one of the most honest people on the planet, and she's also one of the most influential on social media. On Saturday, Teigen and her husband John Legend, along with their children, attended a rally in Los Angeles where Teigen took the stage while wearing the couple's 1-month-old son, Miles, in a wrap. She posted a photo of the moment to her Instagram, but the words behind that image are even more incredible.

"This is his first rally," she told the crowd, referencing the tiny baby on her chest. "I'm really proud to be here, obviously. You guys are so incredible and give me so much hope," Teigen explained, adding that as the daughter of an immigrant, she believes in the strength that comes with diversity. What she does not believe in, is taking kids away from their parents.

"I cannot even comprehend the kind of cruelty in the hearts of the people who enacted this policy, but I do know they didn't expect us to come together in such an incredible way and in such incredible numbers to resist this," she said in her speech.

As usual, Teigen is saying what a lot of mothers are thinking.

Chenelle Alise in Newark

Chrissy Teigen has 18.3 million Instagram followers. Fellow mama Chenelle Alise has 725. She does not have the platform Teigen does, but she still has a voice that matters and she made sure to use it when attending the Newark, New Jersey protests with her 14-month-old son Xavier.

Like so many moms across the nation, she braved the heat with a baby on her hip for the sake of other mother's children, and her own.

"It was important for me to bring him to the protest because I want him to always know and remember that when you believe something is wrong, you help to do something about it," Alise told Motherly. "It's also a great time for him to see democracy in action, even at his young age."

Kate Chassner in Asheville

In Asheville, North Carolina, mother Kate Chassner attended a protest with her young daughter, and captured a moment when her daughter and a friend were showing off their signs, and serving some serious looks.

"If only more people could get in touch with their 5 year old empathetic self. And really care," she captioned the photo.

Chassner tells Motherly she wanted her children to take part in #familiesbelongtogether because while going to the rally will help others, it's also a practical lesson in the values she's trying to instil in her kids at an early age.

"It's important to me to teach my kids empathy and acceptance. And being part of rallies and marches teaches them that there are many other people and families who feel the same way. Going out and being part of something is important," she explains.

Alicia Keys in Washington

Mom of two Alicia Keys has some of that empathy that Chassner wants her kids to learn, and she too is passing it on to the next generation. Keys posted beautiful photographer of herself and her son at the rally in Washington D.C., and, like Teigen, took to the microphone.

"My seven-year-old son is here with me today. His name is Egypt. And I couldn't even imagine not being able to find him. I couldn't even imagine being separated from him or scared about how he is being treated, so this is all of our fight, because if it can happen to any child, it can happen to my child and your child and all of our children," she told the crowd.

America Ferrera in Washington

Actress America Fererra is s new mom and, like Keys, she spoke at the rally in D.C.

"I am here not only as a brand new mother, as the proud child of Honduran immigrants and not only an American who sees it as her duty to be here defending justice. I am here as a human being with a beating heart, who can feel pain, who understands compassion and who can easily imagine what it must feel like to struggle the way families are struggling right now," Ferrera told the crowd.

"It is easy to imagine that I would hope that if it was my family being torn apart, if it was my brother being arbitrarily criminalized, if it was my sister who was being banned, that someone would stand up for me and my family."

JJ Keith in Los Angeles

This photo of 7-year-old Kasper captures a lesson for children that his mother, JJ Keith, calls "the importance of showing up and voting with their bodies."

Keith tells Motherly it was important to her and her husband to take their children to the protest because the family had heard the audio of children separated from their parents and the kids "viscerally felt that it was something that should not happen." She wanted them "to know that there is a way to voice that upset and do something about the wrongs being done at the border."

Her children wanted the world to know that they care.

Alexandra Blom in Chicago

Like a lot of mothers who've been following coverage of this issue, Alexandra Blom has found herself in tears a lot lately.

"While I cannot know what it is like for a family to travel treacherous miles, I do know the profound love a mother has for her child," she tells Motherly. She brought her nursing son, Everett, with her to the protest and says they marched in solidarity with the mothers and children who have been separated at the border.

"The shared experience of being a mother is greater than our differences," she says.

This weekend, mothers used their voices to let the world know that empathy, kindness and compassion are something we value not only in our homes and families, but in our society. Whether you have millions of followers like Keys or Teigen, or just a few hundred like Chassner and Alise, a mother's voice is incredibly powerful, because our children are always following us.

[Update June 30, 2018: Additional photos and comments added]

You might also like:

Back when my husband and I were creating our wedding registry, it was a fun, low-pressure opportunity to select some new dishes and linens. After all, I knew a thing or two about stocking my home and making the "wrong decision" with thread count was the only thing that posed any risk to my sleep at night.

Fast-forward a few years to when I created a baby registry before the birth of my first child—and I found the experience to have a much steeper learning curve. Unlike those sheets, it felt like a bad swaddle or bassinet selection would be catastrophic. Unsure of what to expect from motherhood or my baby, I leaned heavily on advice from friends who already ventured into parenthood. (Starting with their reminders to take deep breaths!)


Now a mom of three little ones under the age of four, I'm happy to be in a position to pass along some baby registry wisdom.

Go shopping with a veteran parent

As first-time parents, my husband and I barely knew the difference between a bouncer and a swing, let alone what specific features we would want. So when a mom friend recommended we head to Walmart to build my registry together—because she found them to carry the trendy brands she loved AND make registering a breeze during her pregnancy—I leapt at the chance.

By walking through the aisles together and actually getting to see the products, I was much more confident in my registry selections. Thanks to that quick, in-store tutorial from my friend, I understood exactly how to match a perfect infant car seat with an extra base and stroller—which is something I would have been clueless about on my own.

Include items at a variety of price points

When it comes down to it, a registry is really a wish list. So, while I had a personal budget for a stroller if it had to come out of my own pocket, this was an opportunity for me to ask for the stroller of my dreams. And, wouldn't you know it? A few family members went in on it together, which made a bigger price tag much more manageable.

At the same time, it's nice to include some of the smaller ticket items that are absolutely essential. I can't even begin to tell you how grateful I was to skip buying my own diapers for those first few weeks. (With super cute patterns, these are also surprisingly fun to give, too!)

Think about the gifts you would like to give

The first time I bought a mom-to-be a gift after my own child was born, I knew immediately what to look for on her registry: a diaper bag backpack, which I had come to have very strong opinions about after battling falling straps with my first diaper bag. This allowed me to feel like I had a personal touch in my gift, even if I brought one pre-selected by her.

I also appreciate it when my friends clearly incorporate their style into their registry choices, like with adorable baby outfits or nursery decor—and there's no sweeter "thank you" than a picture from a friend showing your gift in use.

Ask for things to grow with your child

Even though it's called a baby registry, there's no need to limit yourself to gifts to use before their first birthday. (To this day, I still have people who attended my baby shower to thank for the convertible bed that my oldest child sleeps in!) Knowing that, I would have included more options with long lifespans into my registry—namely, a baby carrier that can be used during the newborn months, baby months and well into the toddler years. A well-designed baby carrier would have saved my back from serious pain because it would have allowed me to comfortably and ergonomically carry my toddler as she made her way into the 25lb+ club. One brand that's designed to grow with your baby and accommodates 7-45 pounds (up to about four years old) and offers both inward and forward-facing positions is Ergobaby. With several different design and style options, you can easily find one that caters to your parenting needs. From an all-in-one carrier, like the Omni 360, that grows with baby from the newborn stages into the toddler years or a newborn-specific carrier, like the Embrace (and don't worry you can later upgrade to a carrier for an older baby, I recommend the 360 Carrier). The best part? All ergonomic designs are supportive and comfortable for both baby and parent, offering extra lumbar support with breathable, lightweight mesh styles. Everyone (even grandparents!) can get a kick out of babywearing, which is a nice and welcomed break for parents. Having one of these on my registry would have certainly made those first few years so much easier.

Motherly is your daily #momlife manual; we are here to help you easily find the best, most beautiful products for your life that actually work. We share what we love—and we may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.

This article was sponsored by Ergobaby. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

You might also like:


Whether I live next to you or across the country, social media makes it easy for us to stay updated on each other's lives and that's a wonderful thing. I love seeing pictures of your kids and I think it's great that you choose to share videos of your child singing, giggling and taking his or her first steps.

I simply choose not to share pregnant pictures, or even a family photo from the hospital once our daughter arrived because my pregnancy, birth and growing family are parts of my life I wanted to protect from the outside world.

Keep reading Show less