Where it all falls down is that she stands no more chance of being genuinely respected by her idiot mother than Liz was when she jettisoned everything charming and sympathetic about herself in order to impress a dingbat who'd sooner swallow poison than praise anyone for any reason. They won't even discuss the idea of letting Elly stay with her because of some stupid reason Mike and Liz cook up despite said reason being all on Elly for not fixing that God-damned gate.
That being said, only a Patterson would think that not having to put up with Elly's weak-ass bullshit is anything like a punishment. It won't stop them from blaming everything on April when Elly gets to be too much for them but the direction of history tells us one thing: the last person to hear Elly's voice is going to be a stranger while the last one to see her before she vanishes up a chimney is a man in a jumpsuit. I'll talk about the last men next.