At our local supermarket Madi has been stopped and touched on the face by a stranger on three separate occasions. They- all three times an older female- look at me and say “she’s so beautiful” and touch or pinch her cheek and grab her hand. Madi freezes, and I quickly move her away from them.

She’s 7, and I’ve had to tell her that her body is her own property and it’s not ok for people to think they can just touch her because she’s beautiful. I’ve had to tell her that if she’s uncomfortable, it’s perfectly ok for her to say “no” or tell them not to touch her.

But she’s only 7, and she freezes, and becomes confused and quiet. One of the times she thought she did something wrong, and I’ve had to reassure her that she didn’t. I fucking hate it. People just need to learn to keep their hands to themselves. My daughter shouldn’t be in that position in the first place just because she’s pretty.

Madi and Lucas are at their dads for the first time in ages. I was so excited for a real sleep in. And at 7am construction started on the house behind mine. Fantastic.