Douglas makes pancakes for children
The couple announced in August that they were taking some time apart after 13 years of marriage, but according to the Daily Mirror the actor is so determined to enjoy regular family time with their children Dylan, 13, and 10-year-old Carys that he heads over to Catherine's most mornings to make pancakes for them.
A friend 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."
The source went on: " Michael is very bothered about spending regular downtime with Dylan and Carys rather than just seeing them for dinners and days out.
"It's very sweet when he turns up at the apartment to cook for them because 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."
Michael is said to be keen to patch things up with Catherine and in October he told The Tonight Show host Jay Leno that he felt "hopeful" about their future.
"Michael would give Catherine anything - but what she really wants is love and support," said the source. " It's the little things like cooking pancakes for the kids she'll really love him for. Christmas will be a crucial time if they're to get back together for good - and Michael will be there on bended knee."