Family life was very different in Sparta, and in Athens. In Sparta, a child would almost never get to see his dad whom was away at war or in military training. The child was taken away from his mother at the age of six, and was brought to military war training. After have lots of war training the boy (whom is now 18) would meet a wife and be there for a few days, weeks, or even just a few months. Then they would go back, never to see her(wife) again. In Athens, a boy knew his mother AND father. He went to a REGULAR school that wasn't based on military. The boy would grow up, and at the right age, he would have a family of his own. They would live happily, and he COULD become a citizen or choose to go to the military. Life was so different between Sparta and Athens.