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7 Old Expressions That Turn Out to Be True

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As I get older, I'm realizing something: all of those old-timey expressions are true. Your mother and your father, heck, even your grandmother was right. You really shouldn't judge a book by its cover, only time will tell and you should never, ever, EVER swim on an empty stomach.

Here are a few others that I'm realizing are true, the older I get:

1. Good manners don't cost anything

When I was younger, my grandmother always made sure I spoke and acted "like a lady." "What a waste," I would think. "I'm going to take over the world, I can't be bothered with niceties." But in my career as a lawyer, and now in my life in the publishing world and as a wife and mom, I realize saying "please" and "thank you" goes a long way. And I really like hearing them said to me. And what I really love? Hearing my kids say them, too.

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2. You can only do your best

I've been a pretty Type A person my entire life. But now that I'm a mom, I've realized something: Parenthood is not the sort of thing you can master and just be good at all the time. Life as a parent changes daily. Your kids get older, your marriage evolves. The important thing is to try your best each day. Beating yourself up about how you could do things faster, smarter, better is just that: beating yourself up. Don't do it. Just try your best. There's always tomorrow to try again.

3. If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all

Sometimes constructive criticism? It's just criticism. Especially when it comes to your parenting. We're all doing the best we can (see: No. 2). So if you can't say something nice, just keep your damn mouth shut.

Life gets harder as you get older, and it's so important to keep your sense of humor intact.

4. Don't go to bed angry

Marriage is hard work. I once asked my mother how she stayed married to my father for over 40 years and her answer was simple: "Just don't get divorced." Sounds easy enough, right? So, don't go to bed angry. Iron out what's bothering you before you go to sleep. Grudges don't do anything but breed resentment. Get it all out and then have a good night's sleep. God knows you'll need the energy for the next day.

5. Treat others the way you would like to be treated

Sometimes it's easy to be toughest on the person who you love and trust the most: your spouse. But you should always treat your husband or wife the way you'd like him or her to treat you. And you should especially be modeling this behavior for your children. Our kids learn from watching the way we interact with the world, so let's show them the best way to live life, how to get what we want out of life and how to be good people along the way.

6. Laughter is the best medicine

It truly is. Life gets harder as you get older, and it's so important to keep your sense of humor intact. OK, I mean, first take the antibiotics if you're actually sick, though. Laughter isn't the ONLY medicine. Anyway, I now see the wisdom in this one. Marriage and parenting is tough. If you can't laugh through the tough times, that'll make them that much worse.

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7. Don't swim on an empty stomach

Fine, so that one isn't really about marriage or parenting. But it actually pretty true, too.

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