A high school student near my little corner of the world was busted last week as being the ringleader of a multi-million dollar drug ring (story here). He was selling high-grade marijuana at $300-400 an ounce to the tune of $20,000 a month for several years. It is quite the scandal in the upper-middle to upper-class suburb of Mason, Ohio.
I can’t help wondering what his parents must feel like. I wonder how they found out about it. Did they see it on the news? Did someone call his mom to tell her that her son was arrested? According to the article, there is no evidence that Mom knew anything about her son’s entrepreneurial pharmaceutical business. Ok. What did Dad know?
Dad? Wait for it. The article says the boy was being raised by a single mom. Dad wasn’t in the picture. Big surprise.
In his book, Father Power, Todd Wilson (aka, the Familyman) says, “Father power is the power of the relationship between a father and his children for good or bad. Sociologists can try to minimize the perceived impact of father power, but it doesn’t change the truth.” He calls father power “the greatest power on the planet.” Would it have mattered in this drug-dealing teen’s life if his dad had been around? I guess we’ll never know.
How have you seen the impact of a dad’s presence or absence in a child’s life?