Our kids' lives speed past us in a blur. One moment we're welcoming home a newborn and the next they are heading off to elementary school. In between there is the marrow of life — the moments of new experiences, adventures and funny family moments that will resonate and live on long past our time on this earth.

That's why I placed great stock in a piece of parenting advice I received years ago. It was to keep a journal or diary of my children's lives. Most of us have those newborn baby books that chronicle doctor's visits and initial milestones. But we slack off after awhile and miss out on keeping a record of so many events that are lost to the sands of time.

A journal will capture the moments you will soon forget. Remember that thing your youngest said to your father or the time your daughter gave your sister an unprompted hug and said "I love you" to her? Remember the look on your child's face when they saw their favorite cartoon character at the show at the mall? Remember the peace of a quiet, random night spent reading books, doing puzzles or just sharing our thoughts? Those are some of the moments that you can capture in a journal. Sure, we all take a gazillion pictures but they only convey so much and are so often misplaced or forgotten. The written word, with your emotion and enlightenment behind it, give voice to a memory that should be cherished.

A journal is less for you and more for your children. It is a record of their earliest days and earliest accomplishments and adventures seen through your lens — the person who helped bring them into the world and laid for them a foundation of love and guidance.

Having those thoughts and memories notated in one place — or many, depending on how many journals you write — will be an invaluable family heirloom. Generations can read your words and marvel at the moments you shared or how you overcame adversity. A family journal can inspire hope, motivate and educate all while producing feelings of kinship and camaraderie.

Here are a few on how to maintain a journal once you start it:

1. Set Aside a Day/Time to Write

Consistency is crucial. Our lives are packed from morning to night and it is too easy to put off writing until another, more convenient time. Consider your schedule and discover when is the best time for you to write. Once you do that, commit to and try as hard as possible not to skip a session.

2. Keep Notes

When something memorable happens, jot it down immediately on your phone or on a piece of paper. If you don't you're liable to forget it. Another idea is to email yourself the anecdote or thought and that way it will be saved in your inbox.

3. Take Your Journal on Vacation

This is where you get to spend precious family time together and it's where lifelong memories are built. Make sure that you pack your journal along with all of your other necessities in order to capture the new memories in the moment.

4. Been Awhile? You Can Return

We will all slip off the writing wagon from time to time. It's challenging to maintain the discipline to write often. But even though weeks or months have gone by, you can always pick up the pen and write again.

5. No Perfection Necessary

Your journal doesn't have to be perfect. Don't worry about spelling or storytelling. No one is judging you. The most important thing is to get your thoughts and memories on paper.

6. Re-Read It

Every once in awhile flip through the pages of your journal to remember the moments you've shared. Read them to your wife and kids. They will not only get a kick out of it; they will see it as encouragement to convince you to continue chronicling your family's experiences.