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

What a Year This Week Has Been - In the midst of this crisis, the Betts stop to ponder what positive effects on faith and culture can result from weeks or months of society-wide quarantine. They also discuss how the family is praying through this time, as well as a fun creative social activity they're engaged in.
Love in a Time of Quarantine - The Betts deal with the current crisis using a blend of humor and level-headedness; discuss the unprecedented restrictions due to the coronavirus; how they're praying without going to Mass; having solidarity with Catholics who've historically been without Mass; and express the value of obedience to our bishops.
Down the Drain - The Betts this week deal with a cascade of kitchen plumbing messes; enroll in Merit Badge U; race in the Pinewood Derby; review Spenser: Confidential and Knives Out as well Eifelheim and The British Are Coming; and have some more great recipes that are good for Lent.
Hangry in the Desert - This week, the Betts are handwashing dishes for Lent (for now), ranting about the clock change, doing a Polar Challenge, discussing their favorite Lenten Friday recipes (best tuna salad and their naan pizza), making fasting bread, and talk about dragons in the garden and hungry Jesus in the desert.
Easing into Lent - The Betts are easing into Lent with the family, rather than racing out of the gates and sputtering early this year. Plus Blue & Gold, a walk in the woods, a birthday, coffee vs. tea, behind the scenes of The Mandalorian, and virtual recreation of chant in the Hagia Sophia.