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

Asportical - This week, Dom and Melanie discuss her "asportical" outlook; Dom goes to a neighborhood reunion; cool tips for the most amazing beef stew; reflecting on the unjust judge's fear of the widow; and the boy sleeps through the night and is able to go to Mass.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern - This week, Melanie goes to the theater; Dom goes shopping with the kids (and only loses one for a little bit); and they discuss why it's so hard to get a good Lectionary podcast (or other use of the Bible or liturgical prayers).
Roman Eagles and Moussaka - This week, Dom and Melanie talk about the separate Masses conundrum; the classic kids' novel, Eagle of the Ninth; one of their favorite dishes, moussaka; and Maria Von Trapp's memoir; and more.
Nature Walking - This week, Melanie and the kids go on, not one, but two different nature walks; Dom and Melanie discuss whether chili should have beans or not; conclude that blackened naan is not a thing; and talk about choosing a first computer for a pre-teen.
Apple Picking and Grandma Visiting - Grandma's here and Dom and Melanie take her and the kids to their favorite apple picking place and make sure Texas grandma gets her favorite seafood. Two kids start serving Mass and Dom and Melanie discuss the pay-to-pray, hoop-jumping model of sacramental prep.