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A mom has made a horrifying discovery about the illegal act her husband does when he drives their small children without her.

And she only busted him because their young daughter complained.

“He was endangering their lives”

In a post that would terrify most parents, the distraught mom  wrote :

“As I was buckling up my daughter today, she started to complain that she doesn’t want to be buckled up and that her dad doesn’t make her buckle up on short trips.”

mom buckling kid into car

“I confronted my husband and he admitted that he doesn’t always buckle up the kids on short trips and even short trips driving on highways.”

She continues:

“I literally had no idea that he does this until now and he apologized and said what he did was wrong and it won’t happen again. I honestly always assumed he was more responsible and never expected this from him.”

kids in backseat of car with parents

“I know I can’t change the past and thank god nothing happened but I’m just so mad that he was endangering their lives and I had no idea in the years he’s been driving them.”

“Whenever we drive in the family car together, I always make sure they’re buckled up and had no idea he wasn’t taking the same precautions when he was driving them in his car.”

“I’m so mad at myself that I assumed he was buckling them up, but the thought never crossed my mind that he wouldn’t do so.”

“You didn’t do anything wrong”

baby with seatbelt buckle

All of the commenters were empathetic with the mom.

“You have no reason to be mad at yourself, you didn’t do anything wrong,” one wrote. “Normal people buckle up their kids, they don’t need to be told to do so. Short trip, long trip, it doesn’t matter, he endangered them multiple times and apologized only because he got caught.”

This mom said (somewhat unhelpfully): “I would have so much anxiety wondering what else he was / wasn’t doing relating to safety. My mind would be reeling!”

Others agreed with the sentiment, though, with this parent writing, “I would have a VERY hard time trusting his judgement after this.”

This commenter shared her experience in a different country during her childhood: “I was raised in a country where really no one uses seatbelts and even I know better. My son complains and doesn’t like being buckled sometimes, but I’d rather listen to him complain than put him in danger.”

Lastly, there was this helpful suggestion about what the dad should do next: “He needs to tell your daughter that he was wrong and that it’s against the law to not wear a seatbelt. Daddy made a big mistake. So many kids and people got hurt and dead that they made it a law.”

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Studying Abroad at Pepperdine

If you were to ask any Pepperdine student “What was the highlight of your college experience?” it’s likely that the majority of them would say “Studying abroad!” Pepperdine has five study-abroad locations around the world (Heidelberg, London, Florence, Buenos Aires, and Lausanne), as well as a campus in Washington, DC. About two-thirds of Pepperdine students spend at least a month abroad at some point during their college careers.

With the changes in our world due to COVID-19, it’s almost guaranteed that studying abroad in the future will be different from the experience I had during the full academic year that I spent in Lausanne, Switzerland. That being said, as long as studying abroad is still possible in some way, I know that Pepperdine is committed to providing as many international experiences for its students as it safely can.

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Choosing a Program

If spending a semester or full year studying abroad is something you’re interested in, Pepperdine is the place for you. The International Programs (IP) office makes the experience possible for virtually any student who is interested. Typically, Pepperdine students study abroad during sophomore year, so choosing a program is one of the first things you do when you get to campus.

Early each fall semester IP hosts “The Return,” an event at which  all the students who just got back from abroad are available to speak about the program that they participated in. Interested students have the opportunity to ask questions and get information about the different programs to figure out where they would like to study.

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Travel Opportunities

Travel destinations obviously vary by program, but no matter where you end up, you will be able to travel on your own (or with a group of friends!) on the weekends or during designated travel breaks. During my time in Switzerland, we had class Monday through Thursday and were given most weekends—Friday through Sunday—to travel all across Europe. We also had one longer travel break each semester to go somewhere a bit farther away.

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Visiting Other Programs

Although I studied in Switzerland, I was able to visit the other European cities where Pepperdine has international campuses, and I was even able to spend a night in Moore Haus—Pepperdine’s Heidelberg location. As long as there is bed space available, Pepperdine’s European programs will let students from the other cities stay for a night or two on the weekends, which helps students save money on hotels.

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Educational Field Trips

In addition to all of the free time in which you may travel on your own while abroad, each program also plans one trip each semester for all of its students. These Educational Field Trips (EFTs) count as a week of class even though you’re traveling!

Because I spent the full year abroad, I got to go on two EFTs. In the fall, the Lausanne Program went to Morocco where we learned about Islam while camping in the Sahara Desert and ancient leatherworking practices while shopping in the Medina of Fez. In the spring, we went to Tanzania, where we had engagement opportunities with the local cultures and went on a few safaris to see the amazing wildlife. Every programs’ EFTs are a little bit different, but they all immerse students in the local cultures and have an educational focus on the history, religion, or other aspects of life in the visited country.

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  1. Logging Travel with MyTrips | Pepperdine Community

    The 4 steps needed to use 'My Trips'. Create a user account if you already haven't used this service prior. Please do not forget your password, you will need it while abroad. Watch this video for instructions.

  2. REGISTRATION GUIDE My Trips TRAVELER FOR IP

    What is My Trips? ‘My Trips’ is International SOSs traveler itinerary database. 1. Load your travel plans 2. Receive updates and travel alerts about your location(s) 3. Provides Pepperdine with your travel information

  3. CREATING & MyTrips MODIFYING NEW TRIPS - community.pepperdine.edu

    • You will be able to see the trip in your MyTrips profile, and the ‘Created By’ field will note ‘Forwarded itinerary’ • If you have changes that are not in an email format, or if you cancel a trip, log into MyTrips to make the appropriate changes

  4. MyTrips Common Issues - Pepperdine University

    MyTrips. Password? Because International SOS is an outside service, if you forget your password you will need to email: [email protected]. from your Pepperdine Gmail address and ask them to reset your password. Neither the Malibu IP Office nor your program staff can reset your password for you.

  5. IP Flight FAQs | IP Bound Blog | Pepperdine Community

    What if I Want to Adjust my Travel Dates? Tentative travel dates are available on our Calendar page. Information on the specific arrival and departure windows designated by your program will be available on your flight form.

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    3. A mom has made a horrifying discovery about the illegal act her husband does when he drives their small children without her. Getty Images. “I confronted my husband and he admitted that he ...

  7. International Programs Program Dates | Pepperdine Community

    Please note that all Pepperdine International Programs dates are subject to change at anytime. The below dates serve as a guide for student planning. All students are required to purchase their flight through Pepperdine's travel partner (Corniche Travel).

  8. How to Choose a Pepperdine Study Abroad Program

    With so many amazing locations to choose from, selecting which study abroad program you're interested in is no easy task. To help make your decision a little easier, here is some advice on how to get started. 1. Your Four-Year-Plan is Your Friend!

  9. Travel Tracker REGISTRATION GUIDE - Pepperdine University

    properly help you in an emergency situation while you travel. This step must be done at the beginning of each term (fall, spring, summer) regardless if you attended the same program location in a previous term. • Login at https://MyTrips.travelsecurity.com/Login.aspx. Your profile page will pop up. Bookmark this page. Click on ‘Create New ...

  10. Studying Abroad at Pepperdine - Seaver Blog | Pepperdine ...

    Pepperdine has five study-abroad locations around the world (Heidelberg, London, Florence, Buenos Aires, and Lausanne), as well as a campus in Washington, DC. About two-thirds of Pepperdine students spend at least a month abroad at some point during their college careers.