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

Sea Shanty TikTok - You could tell from our intro music and podcast tagline, the Betts are big into sea shanties and so we discuss the new TikTok sea shanty trend; sing the praises of dehumidifiers; love our huge, new Dutch oven; and identify with poor Eli being woken up by Samuel in Sunday's reading.
Changing the Routine - As the kids are getting older, Dom and Melanie switch up the evening routine; they go for a hike on a cold, but beautiful winter's day; remember a friend from her humorous obituary; talk about the Friendship of Christ; and consider St. Gregory Nazianzen's take on temptations and our baptism.
Happy New Year - The Betts ring in the new year watching Avengers and then celebrate Lucia's birthday on liturgical Epiphany with sushi, pho, and Grogu. Melanie bakes an amazing almond torta caprese, Dom watches Soul and Now You See; they discuss annual book reading goals; and then talk about making gifts of ourselves.
Merry Christmas - Merry Christmas from the Betts! It's a low-key, stay-at-home Christmas this year and the Betts have experienced the sacraments, opened the gifts, eaten all the food, and watched the Christmas movies, including showing Home Alone to the kids for the first time.
Mary, Do Not Delay - This week, the Betts get snowed in and prepare for Christmas; face an allergy obstacle; discuss the three kinds of Christmas movies--including ones they're watching; and then meditate on the beautiful reflection of St. Bernard of Clairvaux of the Annunciation and waiting for Mary's "Yes".