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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.

Sincerely,
Heath Wilson & Joey Odom

Aro Ambassador

Dr. Amy King

Wife | Mom of 2 | Licensed Psychologist

Newberg, OR

About
Amy King

Hi there! I'm Amy King, PhD, a licensed psychologist providing training, consultation, and education to professionals and organizations. I specialize in trauma-informed work and resilience building, advising on wellness, staff vitality, and creating trauma-responsive spaces. My focus is on working with professionals to foster resilient children, patients, and thriving families, guiding them to heal stress and trauma through connected relationships. I've served as a statewide trainer for the Oregon Department of Human Services, Child Welfare, and as a subject matter expert to promote child wellness in pediatric settings on behalf of Children’s Health Alliance. Currently, my work involves promoting resilience by training professionals who work with children and families, emphasizing partnership and collaboration. My team and I are dedicated to serving those striving to be champions in connected spaces. Outside of promoting resilience, you can find me with my family on our small hobby farm in Newberg, Oregon.


Q&A with
Amy King

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

There are many moments when I realize I'm spending too much time on my phone and take intentional breaks. Mostly, I notice this when my family gathers. Unless we're really conscientious, we can all be in the same space but disconnected because we're on our phones. We try really hard to put phones away and be fully present, but I'm excited to have a tool like Aro to help us!

What attracted you to Aro?

We were referred to Aro by a friend. After a brief review of their work, website, and social media content, I knew I wanted to interview Aro's Co-Founder on my podcast. While speaking with Joey, I felt like there was SO MUCH synergy. My life's work is about connection and utilizing relationships as a way to address stress and trauma. Aro is an incredible resource that encourages more connection!

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

The importance of unconditional love.

What’s your favorite book?

There are too many to list. My favorite children's book is "Love You Forever." My favorite fiction is "The Night Circus." My favorite non-fiction will most certainly be my own, coming out from the AAP in the spring, if I can stop crying every time I see the cover!

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

Being in a relationship with others, whether that be wine-tasting with my husband, shopping with my daughter, or watching my son ride his horse. After that, reading for sure! I love murder/suspense.

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.