I tell her "smart" is not enough. There are plenty of smart slackers in the world not doing well at all.
This article reminds me my childhood.
Sometimes, when my family was having dinner together. My parents always place the dishes with better food in front of us, and tell us that they don't like it. Or take an example, they just eat the head of fish and tell us they just like to eat the head. And we kids eat the body of fish.
This kind of things happens a lot in other families.
This lie is a kind of love from parents in this society.