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We started Aro for our own families and we want to help yours.

It’s no secret that screen time is one of the biggest issues facing families today. And we’re not just talking about the kids! Joey and I both struggle with this amazing, captivating, infinitely-powerful tool that we call a smartphone.

We knew something had to change. We wanted to be better for our families and we wanted our families to be better.

So we created Aro. Aro leverages the science of habit formation and motivational design to ensure parents and kids don’t miss out on what’s most important by helping reclaim time spent on their phones.

We've seen the benefits in our own families, and now we want you to experience Aro in yours.

Heath Wilson & Joey Odom

Aro Ambassador

Amanda Johnson

Wife | Mom of 2

Austin, Texas

Amanda Johnson

Hi!! I'm a wife to an amazing man and mom of two who gets to experience the joy of working from home and homeschooling my kids. My husband also works from home most days! We travel together often to serve overseas as a family, which is one of our favorite things. I love living intentionally in all areas, enjoy pursuing physical fitness + wellness, and prioritizing the importance of FAMILY.

Q&A with

Do you have a moment when you realized your phone was getting in the way of what’s important to you?

Absolutely. Since we both work from home our phones are constantly going off. Sometimes we truly need to have them with us, but that has developed habits we don’t love and now feel the need to always be reachable, even when we don’t need to be reachable. Truthfully even this week we’ve caught ourselves on our phones while playing board games with our kids and both immediately said “we’ve gotta do something about this”

What attracted you to Aro?

I’ve seen Aro on social media a few times and have thought, “that’s a great idea but probably unrealistic for us” until this week when we had some reality checks and I started looking into options to help support our journey to less phone usage and more time being fully present together as a family.

What is the greatest piece of advice you have ever received?

“It’s hard to fight when you’re fighting for the same thing”

What’s your favorite book?

Hardest question! I have so many. If I had to pick only one, probably One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp.

What are some of your favorite activities to do when you do put down your phone?

Love any type of outdoor adventures with my family, board games with them, and exercising.

A woman wakes up in bed. The Aro is in the foregound on a low table.A medium shot of a woman reading in bed. The Aro is on a night stand beside her.

Give yourself some
digital space.

Find better phone-use rhythms so you can focus on a world outside of your phone.