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Parenting doesn't necessarily get easier just because your children are grown. In some ways, it gets harder. When the kids are young, you have more control over what happens at home, and you can tell them what to do. You set the rules. But when they're in their early 20s, you can't just boss them around.

That means if you're worried about your grown children's eating habits, you can't simply order them to eat right or else.

Every situation is different, of course. You might have a great relationship with your kids. They might seek your advice about what to eat, where to buy it and how to prepare it. Maybe your newly adult children realize they're at a crucial period in life and need your advice. After all, they're no longer growing boys and girls. If they consume the same amount and types of food now that they did when they were physically active teens, they may gain weight. And, as young adults, they're just starting to form their own habits and ways of doing things. It's so much better for people in their early 20s to establish healthy habits than it is to try to change things 15 or 20 years down the road.

If your child realizes all this, count your blessings and share everything you can about good nutrition with him or her.

But if you're like most people, and your young adult child is not eager for your advice, you'll have to be more creative. Keep reading for some ideas.