Originally Posted by Triniity
they love it. I feel like I am betraying them, they think it's real, when it's not.
What do you think?
Betraying them how? I think you're over-thinking it! Of course I don't know your kids but my guess is that at age 6 your daughter is clear that Dora isn't there real-time talking to them. Your 4 y.o., maybe he believes there's a Dora talking and waiting for them to answer, but so what if he does? How is this fantasy going to impact him in real life? This issue is self-limiting anyway, his faith in Dora is going to disappear all on its own shortly.
My personal experience, reaching way back 4 decades through the mists of time to when I was watching Sesame Street and Mr. Rodgers: if you asked me if Bert, Ernie and Lady Elaine Fairchilde were real, whatever that means, I would have said of course not! But they were real enough in my head that I loved them. Seriously, that's partly why those shows were phenomenally successful. They wouldn't have lasted more than a month if kids didn't invest some faith in the fantasy that these puppets played out.
You might ask your children, straight up, 'do you think Dora is real?' Their answer might surprise you.
I'm not advocating that you keep it. I do not like that show, am really grateful that my daughter was too old for it when it premiered.