Our expert says:
Nasty attitudem unless we provoke it, is never a good sign when it comes from schools.
In this new school, of course you're right, you need to meet with the teacher and find out more about what's troubling him. But don't be too puzzled that he seems different at home and at school - you're probably perceptably different at home and at work, and maybe different when with different friends, or at a party, and so on.
If he hardly ever gets disciplined because he usually keeps to the rules and expectations, that's fine. So long as its not because discipline is lax and significant rule-breaches are being ignored.
As his father has been largely absent since his birth, he presumably sees dad as an occasional treat, rather than a constant pleasure, like mom.
If you want more expert advice, I'd strongly suggest a CHILD psychologist, maybe an educational psychologist, and NOT a play therapist. I think Play Therapists are over-valued by teachers, and NOT qualified to make all relevant diagnoses. Its a form of therapy that may or may not be useful in a given situation. But STARTING with a very specific type of therapist rules out all other types of intervention. Its like sending him at the first belly-ache, to a surgeon who always takes out the appendix, before we know surgery is needed or if the appendix is at fault.
The sort o complaints you quote are worth attention, but don't sound "very serious". They occur in very many kids. His day could be tiring, as you describe it.
The punishment of no TV sounds like you could be getting it wrong. Punishments work when they are very specific and for a specific time, and for the breaking of a very specific rule, so it's obvious exactly what the boy needs to do to redeem himself - it doesn't sound here as though he may be clear what exactly he has done wrong, and more important, what exactly it would look like for him to get it right
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