"Don’t confuse this admiration for fresh country air with the free-range parenting movement. Childhood elsewhere is a time of great freedom – in order to build self-sufficiency and trust, a German friend says that her brother sends his children to the bakery – which involves crossing a few city streets – from the age of five. That, in Britain, would be unthinkable; children here don’t start walking solo to school until they are, on average, 11-years old, far older than in the rest of Europe."