My six yo son sometimes drives me crazy by certain 'quirky' behaviours, especially when walking; not particularly because these are quirky, but because he does it at moments and in places where it is less than convenient (for instance, in traffic , and often when its dark, on stairs) and because it is physically inconvenient to me, as we're holding hands. He's also been tripping or falling, often while crossing a street (!), or even partly dragging me down in his fall and regularly jerking my arm and shoulder, hurting my back or squeezing and pinching my hand because of it. He has this habit of doing weird walks when we go and pick up his brother, and he needs to hold hands since it is dark and we're in traffic and need to cross few busy streets. He sometimes walks 'squatting', or hopping in different ways, taking little little steps, turning his upper body left and right, walks backwards, sideways or even with his eyes closed! Sometimes it just drives me nuts. Sometimes I do not notice he's doing it untill he trips and I realise he must have had his eyes closed, again. He knows very well that it is not handy and even dangerous and that it really bothers me physically, that I cant always be his extra pair of eyes for him and he needs to look where he walks. He does get opportunity to do as much funny hopping and the like, safely and freely, when he walks home to or from school earlier in the day, and I tel him it is ok for him then but not in traffic (except for the blind walk).
I also caught him coming or going downstairs with his eyes closed, several times over the past year (and possibly earlier), this really makes my heart skip a few beats!
Sometimes he does other things like hiding or crawling behind or between my legs, under my coat or blouse when we're in a crowd or so, sitting on my toe-tips, jerking at my arms, which does make me feel pretty uncomfortable or 'used' as well...
And I sure tell him when I am not comfortable and if he could pls stop this or that when it truly bothers me or others.
Now, can anyone tell me their kid is doing similar things and or that it is probably age-appropriate behaviour, he is 6 and will start primary school next year. I really never saw this with my other child, so I don't know.