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

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.
Wisdom - In their 150th episode, Dom and Melanie discuss wisdom teeth and the wisdom of Scripture, as well as some great recipes for wings and steak salad; new poetry; the conclusions of Kenobi and Falcon and Winter Soldier; and more.
Sweetwater Forest - Back from a camping vacation, Dom and Melanie discuss their adventures, including meeting some dinosaurs, car troubles, and relaxing in a peaceful, bird-filled forest campground. Plus some shows, books, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
Flea Finds - This week, Dom and Melanie introduce their older girls to the fun of flea markets; extol the virtue of brine and pickling juice as an ingredient in dishes; discuss the return of the Orville and the 2020 Emma film; and relate the joy of packed multilingual church on Pentecost.
To Tip or Not To Tip - When should you tip outside of a restaurant situation? Dom and Melanie discuss an awkward moment for Dom and the conundrum of when service deserves a tip. Plus, a big-family size Instant Pot; a modern Russian novel with a surprising faith sensibility; and more.