- A child does something that displeases Elly without actually intending to.
- Elly makes the preposterous assumption that the child not only knows what he or she did wrong, he or she did so in order to make Elly's life worse.
- The child, who has no idea what he or she did to get Elly upset (or that he or she did so because he's an evil, chaos-loving, mother-hating monster) explains that s/he has no idea what Elly is talking about.
- Since Elly thinks that since she perceives the world one way, every single human being on the planet perceives things exactly the same way thereby making their claims to not do so into a horrible lie meant to ruin her life, she blows her stack and tells her child to stop arguing with her and immediately admit the "truth"
- Since mind-reading is made-up, we get a pointless row because a small child is stuck with the pointless dilemma of either having to admit that s/he really is a horrible child who wants to ruin Elly's life and get punished for that or continue to insist that only highly dysfunctional people believe in mind-reading and get dinged for lying.
Since Elly doesn't want to admit that simply because she sees the world one way that everyone else does too, she's going to ricochet from one ridiculous crisis to the next because she can't admit that she's wrong.