Episode #279: How to Make Mom Friends with Michelle Kennedy of Peanut

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Steph interviews Michelle Kennedy about how to make like-minded mom friends! Michelle is the founder and CEO of Peanut. Peanut is a free app that helps connect moms nearby and have conversations across meaningful topics from sex and feminine health to IVF, pregnancy, first years, midlife and beyond. With over 2M+ women using the app, Peanut has become a coveted destination for women looking to connect, ask questions and find support. 

In this episode, they openly share about their own struggles with meeting and keeping mom friends. They explore why female friendships are so important, especially during uncertain times. They talk about the awkwardness that can come with trying to build friendships and how to overcome it. Hint: we’re all feeling a little awkward. Michelle also shares the pros/cons of virtual vs in-person connection and makes a case for the impact of virtual connection. You’ll walk away feeling inspired to connect (or reconnect) with other moms and have a game plan for how to do it! 

Topics Discussed: 

  • Why many moms feel isolated and lonely
  • Why it’s hard to make and keep mom friends
  • How identity changes and shifts in motherhood impact friendships
  • How to overcome the initial awkwardness of meeting friends
  • Where to go to meet new friends
  • How the pandemic has impacted friendships and connection

Show Notes: 

  • Mindset & Metabolism Reset Waitlist
  • Reframing Revolution: https://www.peanut-app.io/blog/reframing-revolution 
  • Click here to learn more about Dr. Elana Roumell’s Doctor Mom Membership, a membership designed for moms who want to be their child’s number one health advocate!
  • Click here to learn more about Steph Greunke, RD’s online nutrition program and community, Postpartum Reset, an intimate private community and online roadmap for any mama (or mama-to-be) who feels stuck, alone, and depleted and wants to learn how to thrive in motherhood.

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This episode’s guest

Michelle Kennedy is founder and CEO of Peanut, one of the fastest-growing apps for women. Having started her career as an M&A lawyer at leading international law firm Mishcon de Reya, she later joined dating app, Badoo, where she rose to Deputy CEO at the multi-billion dollar behemoth. During her tenure at Badoo she was integral to and inaugural board member of Bumble. Having worked in social discovery for ten years, Michelle has unprecedented experience and understanding of the safety and growth components of building a social network for women and continues to execute on her mission to make Peanut the leading network to connect women when they need each other most.


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