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

Shelf Life Expired - This week, the Betts bought a new deep freezer and Dom is excited; a shelf collapses out of the blue; visit Dom's parents; celebrate the last Lucy's allergies going away; read the latest Dresden Files book; and find Abraham on the Mount of Transfiguration
Grand Multipara - This week, the Betts celebrate a birthday; discuss the Texas snowpocalypse; offer an excellent, quick Mexican rice hack; watch Good Will Hunting; review The Memoirs of Peter and Death Comes for the Archbishop; and begin Night Prayer with the kids for Lent.
Be My Valentine - This week, the Betts clear another allergy hurdle; discuss why they don't do much for Valentine's; try to figure out what to do about summer vacation; explain why they're staying home on Ash Wednesday; and talk about new books they're read: Peace Talks and The Space Between Worlds.
Beware: Falling Iguanas - The Betts talk about winter when you've grown up with snow versus coming to it later; why Melanie doesn't want to move to Florida (hint: falling iguanas!); a great fish and chips recipe; and Dom watches The Godfather, Part 2 for the first time.
Winter Hike - In the midst of the winter doldrums, the Betts go for a very cold winter hike with the Scouts; overcome another food allergy; Melanie dives into the world of Star Wars novels and find they're good; and Dom gets nostalgic over the Breakfast Club.