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

Old Ironsides’ Flag - The Betts re-discover buried treasure in forgotten corners of their house and then discuss Sunday's Gospel on the kingdom of heaven as buried treasure. Plus baby bunnies, exploring Google Earth, pickle tasting, bread pudding, going to the theater virtually, and Italian grandpas on YouTube.
Dungeons and Dragons and Dryers - The Betts introduce the kids to D&D to great joy; replace their dead dryer but what the installers do causes big problems; embark on a spicy pickle adventure; discuss why the 2016 Ghostbusters doesn't work and why the Dresden Files do; and then address the weeds and wheat in life.
Birthday Ben - The Betts celebrate a birthday, mourn the death of a dryer, watch a bunch of movies, read a friend's new book, and discuss unfortunate quarantine-related liturgical abuses.
An important message from StarQuest’s Dom Bettinelli - Dom Bettinelli shares an important message about the future of this podcast and all the shows at StarQuest.
Hamilfilm Mania - The Betts find Hamilton on Disney+ to be an all new experience despite being fans for four years and seeing it on stage. They also spend a quiet Fourth with Dom's mom; experience neighborhood fireworks like a warzone; and have a special outdoor Mass at their parish for Independence Day.