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 great believes the show is setting expectations way too high.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. spoke to The Athletic and was asked 12 interesting questions outside the world of motorsports. The outlet asked the former driver to “rank these in terms of annoyance: ‘Bluey,’ finding rats around the house, your kids both having colds at the same time, late start times for races and the Dallas Cowboys.” But “Bluey” is where Junior gave his longest response.
A view of the Bluey balloon during the 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 24, 2022 in New York City. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Earnhardt said he believes he’s a great dad, but the cartoon sets unrealistic expectations for his kids.
NASCAR commentator and NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Jr. speaks to the media during the NASCAR Championship 4 Media Day at Phoenix Raceway on November 03, 2022 in Avondale, Arizona. (Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Earnhardt said he understands he should let his children have an imagination, but replicating what the father “Bluey” does in real life is exhausting.
“I know you’re supposed to let them pretend,” he added. “You’re supposed to let them create and imagine. But the dad on ‘Bluey,’ he is setting these expectations for our own children that are unrealistic. Because my daughter thinks, ‘Oh, yeah, my dad should do that. My dad will do that. We’ll ask him to do it and he’s gonna do it.’
“I’m sure some people will have different opinions about all that. I’d be curious to hear others’ opinions. I know somebody is going to say, ‘There will come a day when nobody is going to be asking you to pretend anymore and you’re going to be so sad.’ And I know that’s coming. I’m not wishing my life away. But ‘Bluey’ makes things challenging because the expectations are high.”