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

Thanksgiving Misadventure - It was a great Thanksgiving for the Betts, but then Dom ended up in urgent care, while making a turkey leftovers soup. Meanwhile, Melanie wants to know what other people cook on the weekdays before Thanksgiving. Plus a low-key start to Advent.
Campsgiving - The Betts get ready for Thanksgiving after celebrating an early Thanksgiving dinner outdoors with the Scouts, plus Dom celebrates his baptism anniversary and with Melanie they talk about their dilemma of not having guests for the holiday.
Don’t Work, Don’t Eat - As the Church year winds down, Dom and Melanie talk about the amazing Sunday Mass readings, including St. Paul's admonition to lazy Thessalonians; plus Star Wars on Disney+ and the amwaing story of an Indian raj who took in 1,000 Polish orphans in WWII.
Infiniphobia - This week, Dom and Melanie talk about Jesus saying that there is no marriage in heaven and that the idea of infinity gives Dom a feeling like acrophobia. Plus why they're sticking with Scouting despite the friction and how they overcome the challenges of cooking for allergy sufferers.
Halloween, All Saints, and Monkey Bridges - The Betts celebrate a blustery Halloween and Dom's birthday; manage to get to the early Mass for All Saints; and then Dom takes the older girls on their first Scout camping trip. Plus Melanie has an opinion on a 1980s BBC adaptation of Jane Austen.