I try to take Master 2 yo to playgrounds quite often so he can run around with kids & toddlers of all ages. Some get a little rough, so in turn he has learnt a few bad tricks which I have tried to dissuade him from doing (telling him to be gentle, play nicely etc).
The last couple of times I've taken him there've been little girls (about 3 or 4yo) who have taken a liking to him & pushed/pulled him around & hugged him quite forcibly... but they're just being kids & weren't hurting him. You kind of expect a little rough play as kids are kids.
However, today he was doing practically the same things (I could see him 90% of the time from where I was) when I had another mother angrily accuse me that my "boy was a bully". He's only 2 (26months)!
When does a child become a bully? When he gets too boisterous I remove him from the playground, but until he gets a little older I don't really know if there's much else I can do. Am I being too relaxed about children & playgrounds - or was this mother just being too precious?
Are there any tips anyone can recommend other than what I'm already doing?
I should add that I have never verbally attacked another parent & have only chastised somebody else's child once (a four yo who was egging her little brother on to hit other children & the parents didn't seem to be around).