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

A Night at the Ballpark - What could be better than a summer night at the ballgame? Dom and Melanie talk about taking the kids to their first minor league baseball game; cooking Thai curry, caponata, and a deconstructed egg roll; and then greed and the love of money.
Persistence in Prayer - Abraham shows us how to persist in prayer and Christ shows us that as children of God we are in a unique intimacy with God to do so. Plus Dom and Melanie discuss homeschool coding classes; homemade hot fudge sauce; "A Month in the Country;" and "Everything Everywhere all At Once."
Hospitality - This week, Dom and Melanie discuss Prime Day; what's new in their homeschool; pesto rosso and clam cakes recipes; the finale of Ms. Marvel; a new Dresden Files novella; and the biblical hospitality of Abraham and Martha.
Back to the MFA - After two years, Dom and Melanie go back to their happy place, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and discuss the value of sharing art with their kids, plus Ben's birthday; New smoker recipes; and how the Word of God's presence in our heart leaves us no excuses.
Lambs Before Wolves - The kids discovered the word "chillax" and Dom and Melanie are enduring it. Plus all the new word games inspired by Wordle they're playing; Fourth of July plans; Romesco sauce and curried chicken kebabs; watching Grace, season 2; and Jesus sending the disciples out like lambs before wolves.