Some kids grew up watching «Blue’s Clues» and «Dora The Explorer,» and others are turning their attention to the hit cartoon «Bluey,» and one NASCAR big name thinks the show is setting expectations too high.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. spoke to The Athletic and was asked 12 interesting questions outside of the world of motorsports. The outlet asked the former driver to «rank these in terms of annoyance: ‘Bluey,’ finding rats in the house, his kids getting colds at the same time, late start times for races, and the Dallas Cowboys.» But «Bluey» is where Junior gave the longest response from him.
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Earnhardt said he thinks he’s a great father, but the cartoon sets unrealistic expectations for his children.
“But we watch ‘Bluey’ and the kids are like, ‘Come on, Dad, do this. Come on, dad, fake this.’ So every episode, my kids watch ‘Bluey,’ and they see that dad is like a kid’s best friend. Always available. Always there. Anytime they want dad to join in the fun or play, he’s never too busy,» he said. Said.
«He never has to go to work. He never has this thing he has to do or he never mows the lawn and whatever, right? It’s always, ‘Yeah, you do. I’m going to do what the kids want me to do and pretend with them. So my girls, mainly Isla (who just turned 5), have the same expectation of me.»
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Earnhardt said he understands that he has to let his kids have their imaginations, but replicating what the «Bluey» dad does in real life is exhausting.
«I know you’re supposed to let them pretend,» she added. «You’re supposed to let them create and imagine. But ‘Bluey’s’ dad is setting these expectations for our own kids that aren’t realistic. Because my daughter thinks, ‘Oh yeah, my dad should do that. My dad will do that. We will ask him to do it and he will do it.
«I’m sure some people will have different opinions on all of that. I’d like to hear other people’s opinions. I know someone will say, ‘There will come a day when no one will ask you to fake it anymore and you’re going to be very sad.’ And I know that’s coming. I’m not looking forward to my life disappearing. But ‘Bluey’ makes things challenging because the expectations are high.»
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Life seemed a little easier when Steve and Dora asked her to point things out.