Panel 1: We start things off with Elly drawing a crude stick figure; her face is frozen in the Bug-Eyed Glare of Existential Horror when Mike says "Teacher draws a whole lot better than you do, Mom."
Panel 2: She's equally horrified when he says "Yeah! An' she prints better than you too!"
Panel 3: As she tries to read him a bed-time story, her face is scrunched up in sheer rage as he asks how come she doesn't read as well as Teacher.
Panel 4: As he heads to bed, she whines that she's been demoted. John responds to this by smiling a sympathetic half-smile.
Summary: If I were in John's shoes, I'd probably be doing the same thing if I wanted to stay healthy; after all, you don't get anywhere telling Elly to cheer up and stop talking nonsense.