Is your child under 2 years old? You may not have to work. You can only do this for 24 months total, even if you have another child. You can choose to work before your child is 2 in order to save some time for another child. Did you already use up your 24 months for another one of your children? You still don't have to work until your child is 13 weeks old.
Do you need to be at home to take care of a family member? You might be able to work less hours. This is called a work "deferment." Your worker should be able to help you do the paperwork.
Only some family members count for this deferment. It has to be your parent, your husband or wife or your child. The family member must also live with you. Does your worker say you can't get a deferment? Call Vermont Legal Aid at 1-800-899-2047 for help.