Rules for Life After 35

At a certain point, everybody needs an guidebook. Columnist Leigh Newman reveals her most helpful no-nos and yes-yeses.

There is a color you love that does NOT look good on you. Stop wearing it!

(This rule is also known as: Don't wear green, Leigh.)

Parents love the friend who offers to hold their baby so they can drink a beer.

Whispering makes children do just about anything.

Which is important to remember when you're about to yell.

There is only one clothing size. Yours.

Baggy stuff makes you feel thin but look fat. Tight stuff is just plain painful.

You do not like fried clams or salt water taffy.

You like the romance of the boardwalk. You don't have to eat food that will make you feel ill on the roller coaster just to revel in the seaside atmosphere.

Take the stairs.

Except if you're on your way to a date or an interview.

You will never run out of ideas—or love.

So put them out there in the world. You'll have plenty more tomorrow.