New York (CNN) – Nearly a year after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered her son’s school and her daughter’s day care, Diana Limongi hit a wall.
“I was in bed for three days, I thought I had Covid, but I didn’t,” she told CNN. “I just was done. Mentally, physically, I was just exhausted.”
She’d already put her career on hold for much of 2020 to supervise 9-year-old Enzo’s remote learning and to take care of Sophia, 4, and it was all taking a toll.
“It’s just not humanly possible to do a full-time job and do all the things on top of that — feed the kids and constant interruptions, especially with the toddler.”
Now, however, things are finally looking up for Limongi, a writer and consultant based in New York City.
Enzo is back in school full time, five days a week, and Limongi found a new daycare for Sophia after hers closed permanently due to coronavirus.
“I was able to take on a project, which was exciting,” Limongi said. “I think it’s a game-changer for my mental health. It helps, too, to have that routine, to not have to juggle that with my spouse.”
The federal government had working moms like Limongi in mind when developing its nearly $2 trillion rescue plan.