Michael Douglas makes breakfast for his children at Catherine Zeta-Jones' flat every day.
The actor and his wife took a temporary "break" from their 13-year marriage in August he has been trying to prove they can be a family by making pancakes for their children Dylan, 13, and 10-year-old Carys.
Speaking to the Sunday People newspaper, a source said: "When he's in New York, he makes the kids breakfast and comes back in the evening to watch TV with them before bedtime.
"Then he gets his marching orders from his wife and returns to sleep at his own place in Manhattan ... He so desperately wants to be back as part of the family's life.
"Catherine thinks it's really touching he's being so hands-on with the kids - and he's praying it's the key back into her heart."
However, the gesture hasn't won the actress' heart back just yet, although the 69-year-old star is said to be desperate to convince her divorce isn't the right choice.
The insider added: "Michael would give his right arm for a reconciliation but Catherine's warned she is not ready to commit and she's still not ruled out divorce."