Here’s how I’ll teach my kids about kindness this year.

Illustration: Amy Aves Challenger (author)

I don’t think kindness is something that you just learn one day. It has to be planted. Kindness emerges and blossoms like a seed, a heart, and then it gets stronger every year. It comes from the grandmother who let you watch TV late with her while eating Doritos. Or it arrives in the teacher who showed you how to make a own fairytale right there in your mind when your parents weren’t getting…