What is “snoopervision” you ask? It’s a very technical term, highly regarded in my family as a blend between “snooping” and “supervising.” Maybe you’ve experienced snoopervising in your own family. Chances are you are either the snoopervisior or the snoopervisee. Let me explain.
How to Determine if You are a Snoopervisior or Snoopervisee
A snoopervisior will:
- Stand there and tell you how something should be done
- Ask leading questions like “Don’t you think maybe you should wash that dish again?”
- Will try to convince the other person into doing something his or her own way
A snoopervisee will:
- Be annoyed
- Ignore all suggestions from the snoopervisior
Loading the Dishwasher
Let me start out by stating that I didn’t get married until I was 32. This allowed me to hone my bad habits and ability to do things my way. One of my pet peeves is how other people load the dishwasher and what they deem to be dishwasher safe. I know, I know. I’m that guy.
The other night my wife was loading the dishwasher while I was upstairs putting our daughter to bed. When I came downstairs I noticed she was finishing up the dishes and had loaded the dishwasher. Let the snoopervising begin. She asked me to put a dishwashing pod in and run the dishwasher. Rather than say thank you and add soap, I peeked inside and inspected how the dishwasher was loaded. I noticed that she did not place some of the dishes in the dishwasher like I would have for “optimal cleaning” (strike 1). After asking some questions like, “Wouldn’t it be better if we placed the dishes like this?” and “Do you think there are too many silverware jammed into the basket?” (strike 2), she said, “It’s. Fine!” (strike 3).
Clearly, she was annoyed with me coming in after all the work was done and suggesting ways to load the dishwasher. Men, take note: not a good idea.
She did forgive me for a snoopervising. Maybe next time I’ll learn.
Snoopervision is Not Just for Adults
Snoopervision affects both old and young alike. I always wondered at what age snoopervision began. This past year, it has been made clear that snoopervision begins at age 3, at least in our family. Why age 3? Because that is the age where our son’s vocabulary became large enough to communicate his snoopervision skills.
There is nothing more annoying and humbling than when I am driving the kids to daycare, and I have a 3 year-old back seat driver asking me,
“Why is the car dirty, Daddy?”
“Why is that light blinking?”
“Why don’t you wash the car?”
And, my personal favorite: “Go faster, Daddy!”
For my son’s 3rd birthday, my parents bought him a toy lawn mower because he loves to be outside and always wants to mow the grass, no matter the season. This past summer he would follow behind me and “mow” the grass. For the most part, this was a great way for him to get out and enjoy the weather while I was able to get some work done.
I could tell when I was about to be snoopervised when he would veer off my path. With an attention to detail like his father, my son would walk over to areas of the lawn and sidewalk that had yet to be cut, trimmed, or blown and say, “Daddy! There’s a mess!” Smile and nod. Smile and nod.
Like most things, it’s cute the first time he points out “the mess,” but it quickly turns into full on snoopervision that does not let up until I’ve met his demands or he loses interest.
Snoopervision is alive and well in our family.
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