I agree. It takes a lot of years of study to be a qualified teacher. It's strange that people seem to be comparing them to mothers or teachers aids, or child care workers (who I respect too btw). I think you hit the nail on the head when you said you are an educator. I'm not a touchy, huggy person at all, so when I become a teacher I would be very disappointed if my teaching skills were equated to the level of mothering. There's more to nurturing than shoelaces.