Manners are declining. I hear this all the time from the older generation. I know certain things I see younger drivers not know for driving etiquette. I don't want to sound like it's only the younger generation. How do Americans as a whole feel? The same way, but a bit more removed on how to deal with it.
There is always debate on some of these manners, but I think most of them are common sense, maybe they should be taught in schools, now there's another debate. See how many your kids know. These are manners that your kids should probably know by age 9 or 10.
As a parent, we've all been there. You're out in public and eventually Mother Nature calls the name of your child. If your child is the same sex as you - no problem. However, what happens if they're not and they are also too young to go to the bathroom by themselves. And further more - what age does it become inappropriate?
Yes, kids are "just kids" and there are times when we as adults need to accept the fact that they don't have the social understandings we have; Our role as parents is to teach them right from wrong.
On the other hand, I tend to believe modern-day parenting skills have become sub-standard - generally speaking...