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

Put the Parcel in the Box - While Dom is puzzled by why the delivery drivers won't put the parcels in the delivery box, Melanie is on a cooking binge, making some amazing meals. Plus an awkward moment at Mass with the kids, our impression of the live-action Aladdin movie, and why Dirty Dancing was so culturally significant.
Coconut Soup for Epiphany - New Year, a birthday, Star Wars, Epiphany, and a Scouting event mean a busy week for the Betts as Dom and Melanie relate their Epiphany gift-giving tradition; talk about how a family outing to see Star Wars made Lucy's birthday; and share an awesome homemade coconut chicken soup.
Merry Christmas! - The Betts wish you a Merry Christmas as Dom and Melanie relive Christmas Eve midnight Mass and Christmas Day, including several great meals, which they give you tips for; plus re-reading for comfort when you're sick and the awesome readings from the Feast of the Holy Family.
Christmas Eve with the Betts - Christmas is here (or almost, as we recorded) and Dom and Melanie reveal how their Advent has gone and what the plan is for Christmas Eve (including the Feast of Seven Fishes); talk about a great audio course on language; and discuss what to do when one person has seen the Star Wars movie and the rest of the family has not yet.
The Harsh, but Effective, Lord Cromwell - The Betts discuss an unusual game the kids play during cleanup times involving the fictional Lord Cromwell; Melanie and the kids ditch an afternoon of school to walk in the snowy woods; Dom wants a bigger Christmas tree; and they recall the beautiful homily about Gaudete Sunday.