Raven10
I am totally fine with it and she is over the moon, she LOVES Ozzy!!!  As do I, so she is psyched to be going!!

However, her father (who I divorced back in 2001 when she was , may have an issue with this.  But I do have primary physical custody of her, I don't think it will be anything but a blast, and we are both totally excited to going to see the Ozzman!!!!!

What are your thoughts??  Appropriate to take her at her age??  I think Ozzy fans come in all ages, personally...
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TheNotoriousJaz
Raven10 wrote:

I am totally fine with it and she is over the moon, she LOVES Ozzy!!!  As do I, so she is psyched to be going!!

However, her father (who I divorced back in 2001 when she was , may have an issue with this.  But I do have primary physical custody of her, I don't think it will be anything but a blast, and we are both totally excited to going to see the Ozzman!!!!!

What are your thoughts??  Appropriate to take her at her age??  I think Ozzy fans come in all ages, personally...


If I had kids I' take them. *shrug*

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minime
have fun..
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stevenstrong
...i use too smoke weedz with mah aunt and i turned out ok...or sumthing.
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da_wizard
to be perfectly honest with ya.....I think she may be a little young for Ozzfest......the only way I would bring a 11 year old to Ozzfest would be not expose her to any of the stuff that happens in the parking lot , the lawn seats or the pit , with that being said ....if you could blindfold her and escort her directly to her seat and keep her there to watch the concert she should be alright.....but honestly .....you aren't going to do that....and you would not have much fun....I think there are elements of Ozzfest that are not appropriate for young children.....and yes I am a parent

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Raven10
you know I have been really really thinking this one over, not implying Ozzy is a bad influence but I know how crazy these concerts can get too, and this is Ozzfest afterall, so I am sure it's an absolute nutfest, in many ways....I just would not know how to break it to her that we are not going now, KWIM??  However, I have also been discussing taking a one on one trip somewhere this summer, like Disney (she's never been) just the two of us, so perhaps that may be more appropriate for her age at this point in time??  i know her father is going to have an issue with this, I am positive and I am now also doubting it myself....I am also worrying she is too young at this point....if she were 13, MAYBE, but I dunno....she is quite young still.  I have been worrying that she would be afraid by the crowds, lights, loudness, craziness, and presentation, to be honest.....I don't want her to freak, and think she might when I really really think about it.  Maybe we should just write him a fan letter for now, and I should think about inviting a friend to this instead.  da_wizard, thanks, you kind of worded exactly why I posted this in the first place!!  As a parent, I worry....
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da_wizard
if she really likes Ozzy.....the better choice would be to catch Ozzy on his regular tour.....It's not an all day concert, it's not going to be nowhere near as crazy as the "fest".....much more controlled enviroment .....chances are it will be a indoor seated venue......lots less debauchery.... .....or Disney is nice

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Raven10
very very good suggestion, thank you!  Yes, the fest is too crazy a way to "introduce" her to him, you are very right about that, it's like the Stanley Cup playoffs versus a normal hockey game....thank you for really touching on what I already suspected...it's not a proper venue for a girl so young and impressionable and if her dad told me he got tickets to take her to such a thing, I know I would freak, so that gives me my answer afterall, it's just not appropriate.  I hate to lie to her even a white one, but in this case I think I need to, and say that the tickets are sold out or some such thing since she already thinks I have them, to try to let her down as "easy" as possible, otherwise she will think I am treating her like  'child" that I think she can't "handle" a concert, etc.  It's tough at her age right now, I pride myself on honesty on dealings with her, in everyway but I really don't know how else I can let her down easily without having her thinking it's a personal attack on my assessment of her ability to "handle" something as grown up as a concert.  if that makes any sense.  But as soon as I hit the "confirm order" button, part of me was thinking, "is this wrong?"  So I think I know that it's not the right thing as a parent.  And I go by my gut on these things.  Thank you for confirming my suspicions.  In every good way..I think the alternative of a Disney Trip might just make her forget about this....  That was the original plan anyway...
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da_wizard
glad I could help......have fun at Disney with her......and have even more fun at Ozzfest with your friends.....the Fest is an experience one never forgets.....it's pretty much life changing

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Raven10
Thank you!  I've heard that about the fest from everyone that has ever attended they tell me they can't explain it, it's that intense!!   so looking forward to it!!

But I do know as a parent it would behoove me and keep me in the group of a "good" parent to not take her, this is not the place for a child, I think I knew that already, I just try to keep my daughter happy, but there are limits to her safety and peace of mind, and decidng what is appropriate for her age and what is not.  This is not. 

I do plan to make rservations for a week long vaca for the two of us in FLA this summer, I've already told her that and am determined to deliver....
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da_wizard
you won't be disappointed.....I assure you.....have a good night

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MsCeeAngel
But thinking custody wise.... Go 2 Disney! Ozzy is fun and all. But some people go buck  wild and take things off at venues just 4 attention. And ya don't wanna want 2 explain all of that. Hope this helps! Have fun either way! ~Angel ;p
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Carmella09
I was around 11 when i went to my first ozzfest and i had such a great time!! go for it!!
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Mantooth
Oh, shit. It's Macy Gray with porkchop sideburns.
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f_darkbladeus
I have taken my daughter who was 7 at the time to an all day/night festival headlined by Metallica with many awesome bands. It's not unsafe to take your kids but you do need to cover their eyes for sure when you see things ahead not good, avoid the crowds in the back of the venue (a no brainer), and buy seats if possible. The event I took my kids to was Genr'l Admission.

You could just attend the latter half of the day and go straight to your seats. Bathroom runs may create opportunities for unexpected things to run across your path but that's likely like someone said, a zealous teen who may have gotten paint and isn't wearing a top, showing off like an idiot. There'll be people buying beers, but mainly in the well lit and vendor areas there's nothing to worry about. You won't want to drink though.

I wouldn't go without a male if she's going to keep things safe. I was with my guy at the time and my two sons, so we were well guarded at all times.

And, as far as what you've explained here, if your instinct is not to take her, I would be honest with her and tell her that you're not sure about the kind of crowd that's going based on feedback from others more familiar with the concert, and that you' be afraid for her safety. And, like I told my now 9 year old daughter, we're definitely going to see Ozzy when he comes round later this year in concert together, and she can take that to the bank.

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