Ever since Ben Affleck moved out of the Pacific Palisades, Calif., home he shared with estranged wife Jennifer Garner, the actor has actually become a bigger presence in their three children’s day-to-day lives. “Ben used to let Jen do everything when it came to the kids,” says an insider. “But now that his time with them is limited, he doesn’t take anything for granted. He’s more involved with their school than ever and makes sure to attend every activity.” Playing Mr. Mom has even improved the 44-year-old actor’s relationship with Jen, 45, the insider says: “They’ve been doing more things as a family now. Jen is much happier with this version of Ben.”

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