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

Gettysburg - Summer vacation in Gettysburg includes tent camping in one of the hottest heat waves in years, but Dom and Melanie endure. They share their most and least favorite bits, including a visit to Seton Shrine. Plus Dom follows up on his global media-spanning Facebook ban.
Banned on Facebook - Is St. Augustine now hate speech? Dom posts a quote from the saint and has it banned by Facebook. Melanie gets a taste of the old-days of great conversations on Catholic blogs. Plus birthdays, boiling water, and children's books that make them uncomfortable.
Independence Day - The Fourth of July is a big celebration for the Bettinellis, and Dom and Melanie recount the annual tradition of the massive pool party; how a sick child almost derailed plans; making thunder tacos; Tom Clancy and Neal Stephenson; and their amazing priests at the St. Edith Stein miracle parish.
Adventure Camp - This week, Dom and Melanie give more details on Isabella's live-action wilderness survival adventure camp; discuss dealing with neighborhood children for the first time; and Melanie goes on a poetry writing binge inspired by artworks posted on Facebook; and more.
Campout and Birdwatching - While Dom takes the boys on a Cub Scout camping trip to New Hampshire, Melanie goes to the farmer's market and then later takes all the kids to a bird-watching wildlife sanctuary. Plus Moon Oreos and Father's Day and livable neighborhoods.