The famlies were quite different. When a Spartan baby was born, soldiers came to the house and examined it carefully to determine its strength. Soldiers took boys at the age of seven.If a baby was weak, the Spartans exposed it on the hillside or took it away to become a slave.Spartans were very picky about there chridren.Chridren were taught tales. Girls also were removed from the home at 7 and sent to school. Here they learned wrestling, gymnastics, were taught to fight, and endured other physical training.