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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

Lisa Burns

Wife | Mom of 5

Greensboro, NC

Lisa Burns

I'm Lisa, and I'm part of a fantastic family of 7, with our kids ranging from 13 to 6. We're a homeschooling bunch, managing our own businesses, actively involved in our local community, and just a generally creative and outdoorsy crew.

Q&A with

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

I did not like the distraction of looking at the phone during meal times instead of carrying on conversations or being more interested in checking social media than pursuing the company of the people in the room.

What attracted you to Aro?

I like the ability to track screen-free time, the attractiveness of the box, and the space to hold several devices at once. I like that it would be a family-wide push to spend more time untethered to screens.

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

Be present in the moment you are in and look for ways to be grateful right now.

What’s your favorite book?

Too many! I love books by Jane Austen, Andrew Peterson, L. M. Montgomery, and others.

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

Play games as a family, create something, and spend time outside.

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.