The children in each family were either raised by the mother alone or by slaves and servants. The father or husband was the head of the house, although women are equal to men in many ways in Egypt. Some of the things the men and women could do, by legal right, includes participate in business deals, own land, and women were expected to represent themselves in court cases. Boys were taught a trade by their fathers at about age seven. Girls were taught at home by their mothers and some became doctors. The children had other jobs though. If there were elders in the family, the children had to look after and help them. After the parents died, their sons inherited the land and the daughters inherited the household goods.