Raising the Betts

A family podcast by StarQuest’s CEO, Dom Bettinelli, and his wife, Melanie Bettinelli, who are raising five kids in the Boston area. They discuss marriage, homeschooling, Catholic faith, their adventures far and wide, cooking exotic dishes, exploring nature, engaging culture and more. Join them as they travel to zoos, museums, and historical sites; get their kids to try strange, new foods; read books and watch TV and movies together; and try to raise their kids into healthy, well-adjusted, and capable Catholic adults.

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Recent Episodes

Give Thanks - The Betts are back together! Melanie updates on her recovery from surgery, Dom relates how he's keeping the household together, they discuss some of their successful suppers, and then talk about shows they watched and books they've read.
Meet Isabella - While Melanie recovers from minor surgery, Dom welcomes their eldest daughter Isabella to the show to find out more about one of these Betts they're raising, discussing her interests, books she's reading, recipes she's cooking, Scouting, and of course, what she loves about Star Wars.
A Light in the Darkness - The Betts make lemonade from the lemons of a cancelled camping trip; make tasty smoked fish dip from freezer scraps; enjoy a English poet's quatrains about quarantine; and reflect on the wise and foolish virgins and being a lamp that brings light to others.
Snowy Halloween - This year's Halloween trick was an unexpected snowstorm. The Betts also discuss subdued trick-or-treating, the new season of the Mandalorian, the BBC miniseries Mrs. Wilson, and whether a Costco or BJ's membership makes sense for them.
Preparing for Halloween 2020 - The Betts get ready for a Halloween unlike any previous, wondering how trick or treating will happen; give some food tips that make leftover fish go further, pump up your instant ramen, and give you inexpensive, but massive pork chops; and talk about Enola Holmes and The Outpost.