Why praise can be bad for kids – Quiz You have not taken this lesson's quiz yet Choose the praise statement that will most encourage your child to increase her/his performance. You are so smart! I can tell you have been working hard! I am proud of you. You're my little Einstein! You're amazing at math! Unlike me, I'm terrible. If the brain is like muscle that means: The brain can't be strengthened through practice. Are you kidding me, the brain isn't like a muscle! Your child can change his/her intelligence through use and practice. Your child was born with only a certain amount of intelligence and that can't be changed.