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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

Tyler Gay

Husband | Father of 2

Birmingham, AL

Tyler Gay

I'm 37 years old and live in Birmingham, Alabama, with my wife, Kathryn, and our three girls: Taylor Grace (9), Madelyn (7), and Bridget (1). We love to travel and spend time outdoors, staying active.

Q&A with

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

Not necessarily, but there was a moment when my family and I were out at dinner, and the table next to us was a group of four friends. Throughout the entire dinner, maybe 45-60 minutes, the party of four were looking down at their phones the ENTIRE time. Right then and there, we decided we wanted to set an example for our kids: sitting down at dinner and socializing is good for the soul and needs to be encouraged in a screen-free, present environment.

Tell us a story about how Aro has impacted your relationship with your family, spouse, kids, etc.

My wife and I are very competitive. When we first got Aro, it became a competition to see who had the most Aro time. The net result? Hours of uninterrupted, screen-free, and present family time.

What is your favorite vacation you have been on and why?

Disney. I have a love/hate relationship with the place, but it brings so much joy to my kids that I can't help but love it!

What is your favorite movie to watch with your family?

Toy Story, of course.

What’s been your favorite part about fatherhood so far?

Having a built-in golf companion that can't say no when I tell them it's time for 9 holes!

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.