I'm curious because my daughter, who is 12 (just turned 12) had a "boyfriend" that she saw only when she went rollerblading (about once a week at our skating rink). They were not outside together. Mostly they just talked on the phone and he was a year younger than her and he came up to her shoulders...lol. He was also a year behind her in school, although the same age. This reminded me that I have a pretty young lady who likes boys and has her period. How old do you feel a girl should be before she can actually date? I don't want to be so strict that I encourage her to sneak out of the house--been there/done that with difficult child #1 daughter (now 24). How have you handled this? She is basically a good kid who is very social and obsessed with her sports (she plays every sport). But she is starting to really get boy crazy. Help?