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Danielle and Alexander Meitiv of Maryland want to raise their children as “free-range kids,” which is to say giving them the kind of range of movement that those of us over 30 recall as a normal part of childhood.

One of my cherished childhood memories is the long walks my best friend and I would take home from church through New York’s Riverside Park, which Google Maps records as a distance of 2 km, stopping at every playground along the way.

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