I think pride is certainly one ingredient, but also the idea that the parent child relationship is essentially private as well. I would be interested to see if in other countries it is the same as in the UK where there is a strong 'mother knows best' culture. I will certainly have a think about an empathy interview; just need to choose the right parent.
I think one of the significant differences between the US and the UK is the proliferation of parenting guides in the US compared to a deferential attitude towards the primacy of parental 'instincts' in the UK. I think we have much to learn from you on this. I am a particular fan of Rosalind Wiseman (Queen Bees and Wannabees) and her work with girls and their friendships. Is that book widely known in the US?