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

Anniversary - This week, Dom and Melanie celebrate their wedding anniversary, try to deal with neighbor kids who want to be friends with their kids, make bread budding and fried rice with leftovers, and give their take on the Return of Mary Poppins.
A Birthday Out - It was Melanie's birthday so she celebrated in true introvert style, plus we have Dorchester-style burgers and lobsters (not at the same time), Dom apologizes for a bad recommendation, and they discuss an ESPN story about a Poor Clare sister and storing treasures in heaven.
It’s Okay to Annoy God - The Betts are still recovering from vacation, but Dom and Melanie do have some book recommendations to share (although Dom needs to rescind his approval of Netflix's Another Life. The very next episode he watched after recording with Melanie contained a lot of objectionable material.). They also discuss this week's Mass readings and conclude that unlike human parents, God really does want us to keep bugging him for what we think we need.
Gettysburg - Summer vacation in Gettysburg includes tent camping in one of the hottest heat waves in years, but Dom and Melanie endure. They share their most and least favorite bits, including a visit to Seton Shrine. Plus Dom follows up on his global media-spanning Facebook ban.
Banned on Facebook - Is St. Augustine now hate speech? Dom posts a quote from the saint and has it banned by Facebook. Melanie gets a taste of the old-days of great conversations on Catholic blogs. Plus birthdays, boiling water, and children's books that make them uncomfortable.